Coronavirus: What is it?


Caroline Breedon, Editor-In-Chief

By now, you have probably heard of the Coronavirus, you may be asking yourself; what exactly is the Coronavirus? It is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China. It is not the same Coronavirus that humans commonly have, which is basically a just a common cold. The new Coronavirus has been dubbed the “2019 Novel Coronavirus” and can be passed from person to person. There are still many unknowns, including how contagious it might be and how it originated and spread, although some experts believe that the virus originated from a seafood market. It appears that the symptoms show up within 14 days of exposure to the virus. As of right now, there have been 700 reported deaths and more than 30,000 reported cases, while only 34 cases in the U.S. There is no specific way to treat the virus other than treatments for some symptoms such as fever and cough.