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Coronavirus: Then and Now

February 23, 2021

It is interesting to see how these articles compare; from uneasy to global pandemic.

Coronavirus – What We Know So Far (written February, 2019)


Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez)

The coronavirus epidemic is sweeping the world, more specifically China. Over 300 people have died so far, and that number continues to grow. There is a lot of false information circulating about coronavirus that can cause unnecessary panic. It’s time to learn the facts.

The first time this coronavirus was identified was actually 31 December 2019. It originated in Wuhan, China, and was possibly spread by animals that were in the live markets. 

Most people are unaware that coronavirus is not the official name of the disease, but it is just the family of viruses this disease belongs to. In fact, coronaviruses can cause extremely common illnesses as minute as a cold.

Not only are coronaviruses common, but this isn’t the first coronavirus epidemic we have ever faced. Previously, coronaviruses like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) have caused international concern. Both of these outbreaks were handled, and they are no longer a public health threat. 

Only 11 cases of 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus)  have been reported in the U.S., and every patient that has coronavirus has either been to Wuhan or was in contact with someone who went to Wuhan. Only two cases of human-to-human transmission cases have been reported to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in the United States. As long as you don’t go to Wuhan or interact with anybody who has recently gone there, you will not get the virus.

Coronavirus spreads through the droplets from one’s nose or mouth, so masks should be worn by anyone who may have coronavirus. It can be contracted by touching your face, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands, breathing in contaminated air, or simply by being near someone with coronavirus, as it can enter through the eyes as well (yes, the eyes). 

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Coronavirus: Then and Now


As people are getting cabin fever, the desire to break quarantine and gather in large groups will only prolong the impacts of the deadly virus.

It’s almost hard to remember a time when COVID-19 did not exist. This year seems to have been dragging on forever, and we are finally nearing the end of it. 

In February of this year, we wrote an article about the situation that was sweeping the globe and causing panic in the United States. It seemed that having a case of coronavirus in Chicago was causing panic all the way down in Wentzville, and so an article was written. Over the past year, there have been a lot of changes to our daily lives, so what has changed so far? 

As of February 2, just over 362 people had died globally and only 11 cases had been reported in the United States. If we compare that to now, over 1.6 million people have died globally and 16,293,597 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States. That’s a pretty big change in just over 10 months, isn’t it?Онлайн займ на карту без отказа и без проверок срочно. Срочные займы онлайн на карту без проверок и без отказа в 99% случаях. Получить микрозайм без отказа на карту за несколько шагов. Оформляй микрозайм не выходя из дома.

Our article’s main goal was to address the panic that was sweeping the United States. Toilet paper was a hot commodity, and doctors were having a hard time finding clean N-95 masks to use. With all of the misinformation that was spreading at the time, there was a need for a breath of fresh air.

In the article, we mentioned that masks should only be worn by anyone who has COVID-19 (then only known as the novel coronavirus). Since then, the discovery of asymptomatic carriers has led officials to recommend that everyone wear cloth masks in public areas. 

It seemed that On December 10, we had a daily case count of almost 1.5 million. On February 2, only 2,604 people were infected globally, almost all of which were people either living in Wuhan, China, or those who had recently been there. 

This year has brought a lot of twists and turns to our daily lives, some that would sound insane to someone from just a year ago. With each passing day, we learn more and more about this disease, and we get closer and closer to recovery each day. So remember, keep your head up and don’t give up!

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