Virus getting closer and closer to Bowling Green, will we be next city to be infected?


By Colten Smith, Reporter

Recently there has been an outbreak in China and the US of a new Disease called the Coronavirus. The virus originated from China and has killed as many as 5,082 people from all around and has left many still ill with numbers rising fast by each day. So far, out of the 138,432 cases 5,082 people have died, 70,719 recovered, and there are still cases of people ill with the virus, and many grieving families. This may not sound like it is a very great threat to the lives of US citizens but it could turn out to be. There are in total 1,355 cases in the US with numbers growing each and everyday and is rapidly spreading. Thirty eight US citizens have already died in the by the affects of the Coronavirus who had recently visited China. In total there has been 1,832 cases of the virus in the US with that number rapidly growing by 54 more cases of the virus per day.  So far 41 people have died in the US, and 31 have luckily recovered. There are 10 critical cases of the virus in the US. The remaining infected US citizens are being held in quarantine and currently being treated for the virus. The virus is also in Kentucky, and is rapidly spreading and getting people infected.
The Coronavirus spreads an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands rarely, fecal contamination In the United States, people usually get infected with common human Coronaviruses in the fall and winter. However, you can get infected at any time of the year. Most people will get infected with one or more of the common human Coronaviruses in their lifetime. Young children are most likely to get infected.

However, people can have multiple infections in their lifetime. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)On January` 9, 2020, the World Health Organization reported that a novel (new) Coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities. The virus is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. SARS-CoVSevere acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) was first recognized in China in November 2002. It caused a worldwide outbreak in 2002-2003 with 8,098 probable cases including 774 deaths. Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS-CoV infection reported anywhere in the world. MERS-CoV Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It has since caused illness in people from dozens of other countries. All cases to date have been linked to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. CDC continues to closely monitor MERS globally and work with partners to better understand the risks of this virus, including the source, how it spreads, and how infections might be prevented.

There are ways to know if someone has the virus and there could be a chance to stop the Middle East respiratory syndrome spread of it. Common human Coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include headache, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and just the general feeling of being sick. The virus can also be spread through animals such as cattle, camels, cats, bats, and any other animals that come in contact with the virus or if they eat or drink something contaminated. It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. The more we know about this mysterious virus, the more questions we will have. The virus is also mutating and changing into more powerful versions of the original viruses.

Since this virus is spreading you should know some important ways to stop the spread and stay clear from it. There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human Coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially with unwashed hands. If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the right thing and staying home while you are sick. If you are sick, avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human Coronaviruses. Most people with common human Coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms ache pain and fever medications. Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough. If you are mildly sick, you should drink plenty of liquids. If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider immediately. This story is being updated daily.

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