What is Covid-19, how to deal with it

Stella Bertsch , Field Reporter

The Coronavirus disease is an outbreak of a virus that causes flu-like symptoms. The first case traces back to late December 2019.  The outbreak started in Wuhan, China, then spread leading almost every country to have a case. The pandemic caused many schools, restaurants and stores to close, leaving the world in a panic. 

Along with the rapid spread of the virus, it is affecting more than just people. The stock market took a hit, seeing its worst day since 1987.  All major league sports have been canceled. All schools are closed and moving to distance learning platforms, along with this most restaurants are only doing takeout or delivery. 

The virus is spread by human to human contact when people are in close contact with each other, or through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. One can also get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. The virus can spread before the infected person shows symptoms, but the infected person is the most contagious when they show the most symptoms.

Symptoms of the virus will appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms to look for are fever, tiredness, and coughing. In more serious cases one could expect to see shortness of breath, nasal congestion or a sore throat. Some people may get infected and do not experience any symptoms. The majority of people recover from this disease without needing any medical treatment, around 1 in 6 people who get infected can become seriously ill. Elderly people and people with underlying health conditions are at the highest risk when getting the virus. 

To help prevent the spread of the virus people need to take steps to social distance and only go out when necessary. Thoroughly wash your hands, and prevent touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid close contact with people and stay home if you’re sick. Another way to prevent the disease is to disinfect frequently used surfaces. 

If you think that you have been infected, stay at home and contact your doctor as soon as possible. Practice social distancing to protect yourself, and reduce the number of infected people. For any additional questions you may have, visit the CDC.