Coronavirus: Should Americans Be Worried

Travis Dickey, Reporter

Coronaviruses are a large group of diseases ranging from a common cold, to potentially deadly sicknesses that are raising awareness rapidly. According to World Health Organizations, common signs of a coronavirus range from fever, cough, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, symptoms can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, or even death. The specific coronavirus that has everybody scared to go outside, is named a novel coronavirus (nCoV). The reason that this particular virus is more dangerous is that it has never been studied or researched before this outbreak. The World Health Organization says the novel coronavirus is a new strain that has never been identified in humans before, so that means there is no foreseeable cure. The good news for Americans that may keep us safe is that the disease is spread through animals and people, and with China trying to keep the virus from spreading, it is a long shot that any American will come down with the virus. There has only been one American to die from the disease and it was reported that the American was in China when he caught the virus and passed. CNN says China has since cancelled over 50,000 flights leaving China to try and keep the virus contained. Unless a China resident can find a way out of China and spread the virus further, Americans should be safe from any kind of infection. That being said, we should still be on edge until a cure is brought forth, because you never know what could happen in the future.