Coronavirus pandemic sends US into panic


Marketing Edge Magazine Online

Leslie Bauslaugh and Rozleyn Brown

The Coronavirus is a form of influenza but more severe. The virus has been known since December of 2019. The coronavirus is said to come from wet markets in Wuhan, China. Though some have speculated that it was produced in a lab; most likely, it was spread to humans through the consumption of a bat.

Although scientists still haven’t confirmed what caused the virus outbreak, companies are all racing to make the vaccine for the virus. It is supposed to take at least a year to develop. It is not yet confirmed that the vaccine would help eliminate the number of individuals with the virus, but hopefully it could help prevent the virus from spreading any further.

Currently, the US has passed all other countries with the highest number of confirmed cases, over 600,000 with more than 25,000 deaths. In Collin County, as of the publication of this article, there were 472 confirmed cases but only 10 deaths. For the most current case counts in Texas, please visit the Texas Health and Human Services website.

To prevent all the hospitals from overflowing with people, Pres. Trump ordered everyone to practice social distancing through April 30. Each state’s governor was given the authority to decide if stricter measures were needed such as lockdowns or shelter in place orders. In Texas, Gov. Abbott ordered citizens to stay home. He closed nonessential businesses and canceled school through at least May 4.

Here are some ways to keep safe during this pandemic:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Face masks should be used by individuals who show symptoms of COVID-19 and by those who are taking care of someone displaying symptoms.

For more safety tips and information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.