Sam Szilagyi ’20 & Justin Osmond ’20
As we all know, COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has completely traveled around the entire world, leaving countries distraught and devastated. Many scientists believe that the deadly viral disease originated in bats or pangolins, with the first cases coming from Wuhan, China, and occurring all the way back in December. The deadly disease has recently been named a pandemic, meaning that the disease has spread worldwide. This pandemic has no vaccine as of lately; however, many researchers and scientists are starting to begin research for a vaccine. The countries that appear to be hit the worst include China, Italy, the U.S., and other countries in Europe.
Within the U.S., areas of higher population, such as the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest, are seeing the worst of the pandemic. So far, the mortality rate of the Coronavirus is around 15%, with more than 450,000 total cases in the world and more than 20,000 deaths. The people who are most vulnerable include older people and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma. Symptoms of the Coronavirus include a dry cough, a fever, tiredness, and/or breathing difficulty. It is claimed that the worst part of this disease is that you can carry it without showing any signs of symptoms. This disease is extremely transmittable, so countries have taken precautions, such as 14 day mandatory isolation and quarantine, to avoid a mass spread of the disease. It is important for us, as Americans, to follow the basic procedures of the government.
In Michigan, everyone must remain in isolation at home, avoiding nonessential travel. The sooner we can control the spread of the disease, the sooner we can get back to our regular lives. While things are tough right now, we still need to have a few lighter moments and laugh where we can. So, with that in mind: Stay safe Nouvel, and remember, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose… We wouldn’t want to spread the disease even more!