WORLD NEWS – Coronavirus Update

Hailey Jones, Southworld co-editor

First hearing about an upsurge of a deadly virus swarming China on Dec. 31, the coronavirus, abbreviated as 2019-nCoV, still acts as a topic of discussion two months later. Infecting people based on human-to-human transmission, the virus manifestations of the virus include fever, severe pneumonia, septic shock, organ failure, and shortness of breath.
With over 77,000 people infected world-wide and more than 2,300 lives lost due to this virus, reports say that the coronavirus mirrors the effects of the flu, already killing more people than the SARS virus outbreak in 2003. This virus derived from animals such as cattle, birds, and camels. Because a human came in contact with a diseased animal with this virus, it now leads to a global epidemic.

According to Hong Kong’s public health epidemiologist, the coronavirus could spread to 60% of the global population if not controlled or treated, and then possibly kill one out of the 100 infected. After learning about the virus through social media, teens and adults take precautions and stay alert of the virus making its way to America. About 66% of Americans think that the coronavirus poses a real threat in America, while about 24% see it as only a minor disease.

Americans who traveled to China and then back for reentry into the United States stay in 14-day incubation until given the “all clear” of the disease. After the World Health Organization declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on Jan. 30, 2020, President Trump issued a “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus” the very next day on Jan. 31. This Proclamation puts The Secretary of Homeland in direct authority to ensure the application and implementation of the proclamation at United States seaports and other accesses of entry from foreign aliens and countries. President Trump set the effective date of this proclamation on Feb. 2, 2020.

Not only affecting human bodies, but this virus also affects people’s personal form of income, such as stocks. Just announced on Feb. 24, stocks tumble around the world as the coronavirus spreads outside of China and into Italy and South Korea. This new spread of corona forces investors to consider the threat of the virus on economies in Europe and the United States. In the United States, the S&P 500 stock plunged into the negatives for the first time since Feb. 2018, sitting at -3.35% in stock ratings.

Acquiring a new name called Covid-19, the largest cluster of coronavirus cases exist outside mainland China.