The “Deadly” Coronavirus

2020 really started with many jaw-dropping events. One of the events happens to be the coronavirus. Many people have heard it by now. There have been about 28,000+ cases reported in the world. About 565 deaths are caused by the coronavirus. Many of these deaths are because the victims had low immune systems. The virus began in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. Officials don’t know what exactly caused the coronavirus yet. From China, it has spread to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, and the U.S. Many people want to make sure they don’t get it so they try to be as careful as possible. Here are some simple steps according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDCP).

  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Stay at home if your sick to prevent getting someone else sick
  • Cover your sneeze or coughs with your elbow or a tissue

 

The internet is telling people that it might be the next “deadly plague,” however, it is not as deadly as the common flu. The common flu has around 61,000 cases per year, and that’s only in the United States. The flu is deadlier than the coronavirus. It killed 112,000 people between the years 2014-2017 worldwide. Many people have died because of the flu. There might be more cases during these years. However, people overlook the flu and believe that the coronavirus is the next “deadly plague” when it is not. Not only do people think that the coronavirus is the worst virus, but some people believe the coronavirus is a reason to be xenaphobic. Many people think it is okay to be out right rude to asians. Not all asians are diagnosed with the coronavirus. Some are just living their daily lives. According to Metro, an asian man suffered from a heart attack and was refused to receive CPR because people were scared he had the coronavirus. Another incident, a youtuber named Amanda Rach Lee was also disrespected just because she was asian. She talked about this on her Instagram story. She talked about how she had to be careful of how she portrayed herself in public because people would judge very quickly. 

If you can take one thing away from this article, it is that the coronavirus isn’t an excuse to be xenophobic towards asians. Thank you.