Coronavirus has made its way to the Chicago area. The first outbreak took place in Wuhan, China, and according to recent reports, 2400 people in China have been affected with 500 fatalities. Here are some things you need to know about the virus.
First off, what are the symptoms of this coronavirus? The virus can cause pneumonia. People suffer from coughing, fever and trouble breathing because the virus affects your upper respiratory system.
There is a lot to learn about the virus, but experts now know that it can be transmitted through human contact. Make sure to wash your hands and if you’re on public transportation cover up your hands with gloves to lessen your chances of becoming ill.
Five cases have been confirmed within the U.S.–two in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one here in Illinois. A woman who traveled to Wuhan to take care of her elderly father in December and returned to Chicago on January 13th is reported to have the virus. At the end of January the woman was reported in stable condition. Additionally it was stated by health officials that the woman hadn’t been on any public transportation, attended any public gatherings since returning.
According to Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, the virus is not a threat in the Chicago area. “I can reassure you that even with this Chicago case, the health risk to the general public from novel coronavirus remains low at this time.”
Let’s hope that medical experts can get control this soon.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep