In recent days, the specter of the coronavirus has been looming ever closer as governments across the world scramble to keep the virus contained, whether by quarantining entire countries, like China and Italy, or closing schools like Spain, Poland and even school districts nearby. All of this can feel rather frightening with daily reports of increasing infections, mounting deaths and precautions taken to limit one’s exposure to this new virus; however it is important to remind ourselves of the facts of this new disease and not let panic and hysteria control our actions.

Many people in this school believe that a closure is likely, nay, imminent because of similar measures implemented by other districts nearby and it is natural to feel frightened of the unknown and to be anxious of a virus with no (as of the writing of this article) no known cure or vaccine. However, even worse than this new virus is the fearmongering that has accompanied it. While caution is vital, and it is critical not to be careless in this environment, what can really increase the severity of this situation tenfold is rumors of trips being cancelled, accusations of having the virus and voices exclaiming the exaggerated gravity of an already serious situation.

I urge everyone who reads this and the entire school to remain vigilant against infection, but not overreact to this. The situation is already troubling as is without constant fear mongering among the citizens of the world. While it is true that this novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed more than 4,000 lives, the World Health Organization estimates the death rate at around 3.4%. By contrast, the flu, whilst only having 0.1% death rate kills 291,000 to 646,000 worldwide. While older people, or people with weakened immune systems, are more susceptible to COVID-19, the majority of cases are mild and recover.

It is important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close contact with people who are sick. And remember, there is a fine line between justified caution and panicked fearmongering, and we must be careful not to cross that line lest we create an environment worse than it needs to be.

 

For more information, visit these sites

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

The Facts*:

 

Disclaimer:

^Data is approximate to current amount

*Data as of 3/10/2020 3;46

 

Number of People Infected: 110,000^*

Number of People recovered: 60,000^*

Number of deaths: 4,000^*

 

Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, by WHO Region

Africa*

  • Algeria

  • Cameroon

  • Nigeria

  • Senegal

  • South Africa

  • Togo

Americas

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • French Guiana

  • Guadalupe

  • Martinique

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • United States

Eastern Mediterranean

  • Afghanistan

  • Bahrain

  • Egypt

  • Iran

  • Iraq

  • Jordan

  • Kuwait

  • Lebanon

  • Morocco

  • Oman

  • Pakistan

  • Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Tunisia

  • United Arab Emirates

Europe

  • Albania

  • Andorra

  • Armenia

  • Austria

  • Azerbaijan

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Gibraltar

  • Greece

  • Holy See (Vatican City)

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Moldova

  • Monaco

  • Netherlands

  • North Macedonia

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • San Marino

  • Serbia

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom

South-East Asia

  • Bangladesh

  • Bhutan

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Maldives

  • Nepal

  • Sri Lanka

  • Thailand

Western Pacific

  • Australia

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Cambodia

  • China

  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • New Zealand

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Korea

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Vietnam

 

Cases Per Country*:

China :80,924 cases

Italy :9,172 cases

Republic of Korea :7,513 cases

Iran (Islamic Republic of) :7,161 cases

France :1,402 cases

Germany :1,139 cases

Spain :1,024 cases

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) :696 cases

Japan :514 cases

United States of America :472 cases

United Kingdom :373 cases

Switzerland :332 cases

Netherlands :321 cases

Sweden :248 cases

Belgium :239 cases

Norway :192 cases

Singapore :160 cases

Denmark :156 cases

Austria :131 cases

Malaysia :117 cases

Bahrain :109 cases

Australia :92 cases

Greece :89 cases

Canada :77 cases

Kuwait :65 cases

Iraq :61 cases

Egypt :59 cases

United Arab Emirates :59 cases

Iceland :55 cases

Thailand :53 cases

San Marino :49 cases

India :44 cases

Lebanon :41 cases

Finland :40 cases

Israel :39 cases

Czech Republic :38 cases

Philippines :33 cases

Viet Nam :31 cases

Portugal :30 cases

occupied Palestinian territory :26 cases

Brazil :25 cases

Ireland :24 cases

Slovenia :23 cases

Algeria :20 cases

Indonesia :19 cases

Oman :18 cases

Qatar :18 cases

Romania :17 cases

Pakistan :16 cases

Poland :16 cases

Ecuador :15 cases

Georgia :15 cases

Saudi Arabia :15 cases

Chile :13 cases

Argentina :12 cases

Croatia :12 cases

Hungary :12 cases

Estonia :10 cases

Azerbaijan :9 cases

Belarus :9 cases

Costa Rica :9 cases

Peru :9 cases

Latvia :8 cases

Mexico :7 cases

North Macedonia :7 cases

Russian Federation :7 cases

Slovakia :7 cases

South Africa :7 cases

Albania :6 cases

Maldives :6 cases

Dominican Republic :5 cases

French Guiana :5 cases

Luxembourg :5 cases

New Zealand :5 cases

Afghanistan :4 cases

Bulgaria :4 cases

Malta :4 cases

Senegal :4 cases

Bangladesh :3 cases

Cambodia :3 cases

Colombia :3 cases

Bosnia and Herzegovina :2 cases

Cameroon :2 cases

Faroe Islands :2 cases

Martinique :2 cases

Morocco :2 cases

Nigeria :2 cases

Saint Martin :2 cases

Tunisia :2 cases

Cyprus :2 cases

Andorra :1 cases

Armenia :1 cases

Bhutan :1 cases

Gibraltar :1 cases

Holy See :1 cases

Jordan :1 cases

Liechtenstein :1 cases

Lithuania :1 cases

Monaco :1 cases

Nepal :1 cases

Paraguay :1 cases

Republic of Moldova :1 cases

Saint Barthelemy :1 cases

Serbia :1 cases

Sri Lanka :1 cases

Togo :1 cases

Ukraine :1 cases

Guernsey :1 cases

Panama :1 cases

Mongolia :1 cases

Brunei Darussalam :1 cases

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