Coronavirus: An outbreak spanning nations



It may show by a cough, a fever, or even shortness of breath, but this is not a typical illness.

Coronavirus, an infection that became widespread in the city of Wuhan, China in late 2019, finally took residency in the United States.

According to the CDC, there were five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. on January 29, with Arizona being the closest state to Utah to have a confirmed case. Since then, more cases in the U.S. have popped up.

The U.S. and China are not the only countries to have confirmed cases of coronavirus, as a map made and updated by the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Systems Science and Engineering illustrated. For example, some other countries that have had cases of coronavirus include Thailand, Australia, Germany, and France.

According to an article by KSL, “A St. George couple added 14 more days to their trip after they and over 3,000 people were quarantined on a [Japanese] cruise ship where 11 passengers have tested positive for the deadly novel coronavirus.”

Either way, China has been hit the hardest, as there have been over 25,000 cases of coronavirus and 500 deaths in mainland China, according to the Johns Hopkins map. 

What makes coronavirus more dangerous than a common virus is that it can develop into SARS or MERS on rare occasions if the transmission was caused by an animal.

SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is a respiratory illness that can cause “headaches, an overall feeling of discomfort, and body aches,” according to the CDC, although diarrhea and pneumonia can develop later on.

Meanwhile, MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, can be serious with its fever or cough as mild symptoms. The CDC reported some more severe syndromes, “diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, pneumonia, and kidney failure,” which causes 3 to 4 of every 10 people diagnosed with MERS die.

Various businesses acting in mainland China responded to the coronavirus epidemic by temporarily shutting down service in the area, as reported by The Verge.

“United Airlines and American Airlines have begun canceling upcoming flights from the U.S. to China due to sharp declines in consumer demand. British Airways and Lufthansa have also suspended all flights to China,” The Verge described multiple airlines and their courses of action.