The Spread of the Coronavirus

The Spread of the Coronavirus


The coronavirus was first reported in China on December 31, 2019. Since the virus is new, scientists don’t know much about it yet. They are currently investigating how it originated, how it is spread, and how to treat it. It has been very fast-spreading, with over 2,000 confirmed cases reported so far, though the number could be anywhere between 30,000 and 200,000. Currently, the death toll is at 56.


China has taken steps to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Many cities have halted flights and trains, quarantining millions of people. It is unlikely that this has helped to conceal it, as there is a period of time where someone is infected before they begin showing symptoms.


While it originated in China, the coronavirus has spread abroad, with cases reported in Europe, Australia, and the US. Europe has reported three cases so far, and Australia has reported four. According to Disease Control and Prevention, the US has five confirmed cases, but there are at least sixty people possibly infected. The virus has been spread by people who traveled abroad, bringing the virus back home with them. 


So far in the US, it has only been confirmed in California and Arizona. The number of states could increase to more than twenty, though, if any of the possibly infected patients are confirmed to be infected. All the five patients confirmed to have the virus had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where they contracted it before returning to the US.


According to the CDC, the coronavirus kills three or four out of every ten people infected. Experts fear that controlling the spread of the virus may not be possible, especially since the virus seems to be becoming more transmissible.