Every twelve hours, I get an email telling me what’s trending on Google. And, for the last six days straight, I have not gone a day without getting an email about coronavirus search results. From “coronavirus cure?” to “coronavirus tips”, Google has been buzzing with that one, fateful word: coronavirus.
What is the coronavirus?
According to the CDC, the coronavirus is “a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.”
The description given by the CDC refers only the strand known as “COVID-19”. The virus is incurable and will only be beaten by quarantine and the creation/implementation of a vaccine. To date, the death toll has reached 268,000 from 3,880,000 cases worldwide. It has officially been classified as a pandemic and has created a level of global panic never before seen.
What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• shortness of breath
As you can see, the disease (while harshly contagious), does not do much outright damage. Its full power is only seen when it affects people with compromised or aging immunities. In other words, you’re above the age of 70, have AIDS/HIV, or have a compromised immunity, you’ll be just fine.
How does it spread?
Like any other virus, it is spread through communication of germs. Being in close contact or proximity with someone with the virus increases your chance of receiving it. It can be received through shaking hands, hugging, breathing the same air they breathe, or touching an area they touched with a contaminated hand (although this is not as common). The best ways to avoid receiving it are through washing your hands regularly, especially before meals, and avoiding contact between your hands and your face.
Now that you understand the virus and its implications, you can also see just how much the media has exaggerated its impact. Of course it’s dangerous, and it has killed people, but there are several factors at play here, the most important being the death toll. The percentage of deaths per case is very low, usually below 6%. In comparison to the almost unreal Ebola death percentage of 90%, this seems mild.
This is no cause to underestimate the disease. Even at a 5% death toll, if 100 million people contract the disease, that’s still around 5 million deaths. As a number, this doesn’t sound large, but that many deaths would still be roughly 4 times the amount of American soldiers that have died in the entire history of the country. (Email me if you’d like the resources on the statistics I have given).
Having already compared the virus to both ebola and the United States Army deaths, we now turn to a bigger rival- malaria.
Coronavirus vs. Malaria
As stated previously, the coronavirus has had (over the past few months) 173,000 cases and 6,500 deaths. Again, these numbers are not to be taken lightly, yet at the same time, they seem to be plebeian numbers when compared to malaria.
Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, causing over 27% of all deaths and infecting almost half of the entire Ugandan population per year. Killing over 10,000 people yearly, the disease is massive in a country the size of the state of Michigan, yet containing 40 million people.
Malaria and Ebola are both far worse then the coronavirus, and yet receive a lot less attention. Of course, Ebola and Malaria aren’t affecting over 3,000,000 people globally, but their death rates put their rival to shame. However, due to the unexpected rise in coronavirus cases, the coronavirus vs. malaria case still remains open, with both sides showing their true colors. Thankfully, the possibility of a drug to combat coronavirus has been ironically found within chloroquine, a medication commonly used to treat malaria. Chloroquine is still being tested, but doctors are beginning to use it on patients infected with the coronavirus.
At the end of the day, the fear behind the virus’ spread is valid. Sadly, if this fear continues to increase, we could soon find ourselves in global crisis. Be safe, don’t act stupid, and remember- God is in control, and there are sicknesses out there that are far worse than this one.
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