Coronavirus crisis

In recent global news, the spread of a new virus has caused everybody to be on high alert. The CDC is closely monitoring a respiratory disease caused by a new Coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. 

On February 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). There have been tens of thousands of reported cases with it reportedly spreading from person to person. 

The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30th, 2020. The outbreak was declared a “public health emergency of international concern,” by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization. Alex M. Azar II, the Health and Human Services secretary, declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. 

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats and bats. COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus like MERS-COV and SARS-COV, both of which have their origins in bats. The most likely cause of this starting is spread by people who had eaten bat soup. 

Both MERS-COV and SARS-COV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including results in death. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. The main symptoms seem to be that of fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms are similar to that of a common cold.