Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Essay
Today we are facing an invisible army that is killing thousands of citizens worldwide every day. The Corona-virus, also known as COVID-19 is a newly discovered virus that can kill without being seen. A person can also be a carrier of the virus without even knowing that they are carrying it and have it for two weeks without any symptoms. According to W.H.O., World Health Organization, “Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness” (2020). The outbreak of the virus first started in Wuhan, China back in November 2019. This invisible deadly virus has spread intensely across the world, which has caused a pandemic. As of today, CNN Health reports, “There have been 2,992,970 cases reported worldwide and the numbers are growing” (2020). Due to the economy plummeting, the U.S. has decided that the lock-down should be lifted, and Americans can go back to some normalcy. In my opinion, I don’t think we are ready for this drastic move, it is unsafe and could be detrimental for the citizens of America. As soon as Americans go back to normal activities, I think there will be another outbreak that will be worse than the first outbreak.
The COVID-19 are a large family of viruses that infect different animals and humans, but usually does not transmit between each other. Over the years, the virus has mutated and is transmittable between animals and humans. Now just like the viruses MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, this new one has developed, SARS-CoV-2, which is COVID-19. According to the CDC, “The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir” (2020). The spread of the virus is at a very rapid rate and there needs to be precaution with every action that is taken.
In the year of 1918 was the year of the Spanish flu pandemic, “One of the deadliest viruses in history, it infected over 500,000,000 people worldwide” (2010), according to A&E Television Network. The Spanish flu was first observed in Europe, United States, and parts of Asia before spreading worldwide. The Spanish Flu even has similar signs and symptoms as the COVID-19, such as sneezes, coughs, and respiratory problems and involves refraining from touching your face or else you could become infected. During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the lock-down was lifted thinking that the spread of the virus was over, which was too early and there was another outbreak killing even more people than the first outbreak. In today’s pandemic if they lift the lock-down too early, there could be another outbreak just like the pandemic of 1918. The government needs to take every precaution to protect the American citizens and their health.
The pandemic of 2019-2020 has been a great stressor to the American people. Including the heath care workers, working day and night to take care of the American people. For the health and safety of most Americans, lives came to a screeching holt, no jobs, no daycare, no school and we all had to adapt to the change. Even though this pandemic has caused the economy to plummet leaving the American people devastated and worried about their businesses the reopening of the economy is a drastic and unsafe idea. With cases of newly infected people still on the rise daily, I think that in lifting the lock-down will get another hit of people getting infected and we will be right back where we started. I feel that if the world comes together as a whole to help one another out I think that we could potentially be fine.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Essay
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