April 30th 2020
Suspected to originate from Wuhan South China Seafood Wholesale Market, COVID-19 has brought panic to people all across the globe, warranting the closure of many public areas.
COVID-19 was first reported on December 31st, 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei, after a cluster of pneumonia cases were reported. Eventually, it was identified as a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that usually circulate in animals, but can occasionally mutate and jump species, to then infect humans. This can be from coronavirus cases in the past, such as SARS and MERS.
As COVID-19 worsened, so did life for the many people living in Hubei. As China locks down Wuhan and many nearby cities, many people rush to leave Hubei in time to visit family for Lunar New Year, creating chaos all across the province. During this time, a few cases were also found outside of China, including Thailand, the United States, and Japan.
As February approaches, deaths outside the country have happened, and the situation worsens. Countries continuously get infected, and as March rolls around, COVID-19 has been declared to be a pandemic. The situation seems to get dimmer and dimmer, but not all hope has been lost. Scientists are taking steps forward to ensure that a vaccine can be created as soon as possible, and have already begun testing. In fact, at least 20 coronavirus vaccines are currently in development! Of course, the vaccines are still a long way away from being available for public use, and it could take up to 18 months to get a workable vaccine on the market.
While the vaccine is being developed, we should all remember to stay safe and stay home, to help flatten the curve. Remember to wash your hands, maintain a distance of 2 metres from people if you happen to go out, sneeze into your elbows, and avoid touching your face. You can find more information on how to stay safe on the SLYE Youth Council instagram, @slyeyouthcouncil.
As well all do our part and stay home, we can help flatten the curve. Overcoming this pandemic is not impossible, countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and China have managed to flatten the curve and decrease the number of new cases reported each day. With the help of everyone, including you, sitting behind the screen reading this blog, we can overcome this pandemic, together.