What you Need to Know about the Coronavirus


Emily Gottlieb, Writer

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has rocked the entire world for over a month now. The outbreak began in China and has continued to spread and impact tons of countries across Asia, Europe, and North America. Currently, there are 115,800 worldwide cases and 4,200 deaths. Here’s what you need to know if you are concerned that you will become infected.

First of all, the majority of people who are getting infected are those with weakened immune systems, infants, and older people. This does not apply to most Americans, so your worries should be slightly decreasing. And if you do some quick math, out of the 115,000 cases of COVID-19, 4,200 people have died, or about a a 3% of those who have had it have died. In addition, there are 7.6 BILLION people in the world, so about 0.000000394736842% of the world’s population has died from the Coronavirus.

If you are still scared, don’t go buy the entire stock of toilet paper from Costco. The best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands with soap and water. If you need instructions: wash for 20 seconds with soap and then rinse under water and dry your hands. Also, make sure you eat fruits and vegetables regularly and maintain a healthy diet. This will help to boost your immune system. Cough and sneeze into your elbow and get a good amount of sleep at night.

Despite all of this, if you still have a fear of the Coronavirus, put that toward preventing the flu, which kills between 300,000-600,000 people annually. However, if you do everything listed above, you should be able to prevent not only the flu, but the Coronavirus.