Got corona?

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Ludia Kim

On December, 2019 in Wuhan, China, an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) began to scare people globally, since the virus is highly contagious and unpredictable. The fear began the uprising of racism towards asians.

The virus is a type of influenza. 

Coronavirus was first shown to infect humans and animals in the mid-1960s. Not until 2002, the virus evolved into two types and began to cause outbreaks. These types were called SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

SARS-CoV outbreak resulted in infecting 8,096 and killing 774 people. The virus was mainly caused by selling bats, raccoon dogs and Chinese ferret badgers as food in the street markets of Guangdong, China. However, the MERS-CoV outbreak was caused by transmission through human contact by camel transportation in Saudi Arabia, which ended with the estimate of 35% of the population in the Arabian Peninsula to get an infection.

The most recent type of coronavirus, COVID-19, is most similar to the SARS-CoV type from 2002-2003. Both types were caused by a genetic cluster of Betacoronavirus, or a virus from bats. So far, 99 cases from January 1-20, 31% has been discharged, 11% died, and 58% are still hospitalised.

According to the World Health Organization, virus symptoms are similar to a common cold: coughs, a runny nose, shortness of breath and a fever. The virus sits dormant for 2-14 days after exposure. After that, an individual in an extreme case will begin to feel or catch pneumonia, infection, respiratory syndrome, kidney failure. In some cases, it may even cause death. The virus is terrifyingly similar to a common cold, making it near to impossible to diagnose early.

Some members of the public are terrified about the unfamiliar virus. Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, stated, Familiarity breeds indifference. Because it’s new, it’s mysterious and comes from an exotic place, the coronavirus creates anxiety.

However, the fear may cause new societal conflicts…