Revisiting the Coronavirus


courtesy of Bloomberg News

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the world, after its start in Wuhan, China in late December. Governments across the world strive to gain a hold on the spread of the virus, which inspired the construction of an entire hospital in under 10 days in Wuhan; over 1000 patients in the Wuhan region can find treatment within the newly constructed hospital.

Dominik Perez, Staff

As the Coronavirus continues to make its mark on the world, conditions worsen for those stuck in Wuhan (the area from which the virus originated). To prevent the spread of the disease the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) placed limits on which airports can accept flights from China. As of February 3, John F. Kennedy International, Chicago O’Hare International, San Francisco International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Daniel K. Inouye International, Los Angeles International, Hartsfield-Jackson, Washington-Dulles International, Newark, Fort Worth International and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport remain the only US airports allowing incoming flights from China.

Recent confirmed deaths result in the coronavirus’ death toll exceeding that of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from 2003. As of February 4 in China, the cases of the infected reached over 20,000 while the death toll exceeds 400

Fortunately for Chinese citizens the number of recovered greatly exceeds those dead, by over 500 people; in addition, China continues to provide medical support for the sick. The city of Wuhan saw the construction of a hospital fit for 1000 patients, in just ten days. The Chinese media source China Daily dubbed the project the “super-fast hospital”; the military-run hospital now sees its first patients assisted by protective suit-wearing clientele.  

Of the total infected, 11 currently seek treatment in the United States. Providence Regional Medical Center recently released the first patient, an anonymous man living in the Seattle area. The man is expected to keep receiving treatment at home until he finds full recovery; other patients in states like Arizona and Illinois will receive treatment as well.

With the city of Wuhan under strict quarantine and intense airline restrictions in place in the US, the world attempts to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Chinese officials continue to make treatment more accessible for its citizens, while more patients recover every day and the world continues to gain control over the spread of the disease.