(UnitedVoice.com) – News of the Coronavirus has been filling the airwaves for weeks. One of the top stories has been the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan with infected American citizens on board. After a week of preparation, the Americans have finally been rescued.
The Coronavirus itself is not new. It’s actually an umbrella term that includes a variety of things from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The newest strain that’s infected people is one that hasn’t been found in humans before now.
Symptoms of the virus are fever, difficulty breathing and coughing. Once it progresses, it can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, SARS and even death.
The new strain of Coronavirus is spread the same way as a common cold. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they are common among animals and can be transferred to humans.
One thing scientists haven’t figured out yet is how long the virus is able to survive outside the body. China’s central bank has even gone as far as destroying cash in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading.
The Japanese health ministry announced on Monday that almost a third of the passengers on the Diamond Princess, 454, have tested positive for the virus. Out of the 400 American citizens on the ship, 44 are infected.
A charter flight was organized to rescue the Americans over the weekend. Anyone not showing symptoms of the virus returned to the US where they are being quarantined for two weeks at military bases in Texas and California.
The original plan was for infected Americans to stay in Japan to get treatment. It was discovered on Monday that some of the people traveling back to the US actually have the virus. The government decided that they will receive treatment here instead.
This brings the total number of cases in the United States to 29 people.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as news of this frightening virus rolls in.
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