Coronavirus Facts


Dylan Yaggy, Staff Writer

As I’m writing this on March 28th, the cases of COVID-19 slowly creep to three-quarters of a million. We must realize that we are living in a historic event that could very much be written in books. This article will mainly talk about the events of what has happened so far with the virus and the start of the pandemic, what the virus is and how it works, alongside some statistics of where the case count is. It all started back in Dec. 31, 2019, when the World Health Organization (WHO) found a strange pneumonia sickening dozens of people in Wuhan, China. Many of the sick went to a live animal market. Just 11 days later, the first death was reported of the virus. Jan. 21, 2020, the first report of the coronavirus in the USA. A man from Washington who had been in Wuhan. At the end of the month WHO declared it a global health emergency. Skipping ahead to March, on the 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency. On March 27th, 2020, President Trump signed a $2 trillion bill on helping people during this crisis.
To understand what COVID-19 is one has to start with the basics. COVID-19 is a part apart of the Coronavirus family which is very large. It stands for COrona VIrus Disease -19 (thus COVID-19). It is known that there are hundreds of the coronaviruses that circulate through animals, however, only 6 have spilled over to humans. The reason it is called Coronavirus is when under a microscope it has a crown look around the virus particles. None of them have vaccines, but there is one in the works for COVID-19. This is one of the multiple articles that will be written about the pandemic. When I started writing this paper on the 28th of March there was 663,127. I finished the working of this paper on April 1st, we are now at 982,207. Of those cases, 256,553 have been closed, 26.12% of cases. Of the closed cases 80% are people who have recovered, however, sadly, that still means we have lost many people to the virus with the number at 50,278.