Coronavirus is a large group of viruses common among animals. Scientists call the viruses “zoonotic” rarely but they can be transmitted from animals to humans. People can get sick, usually with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold (runny nose, headache, cough, feeling unwell, fever, and sore throat). Elderly and the young with weak immune systems have a chance the virus could cause a lower yet very serious, respiratory tract illness like pneumonia and bronchitis. By spreading the virus, people can be affected with it and can spread it by the air by coughing and sneezing, touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, and in rare cases, fecal contamination. Recently, China had an outbreak of the Coronavirus this past month. It has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500. It recently hit Orange County, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France. People have avoided going to Asian markets due to the recent outbreak. Louie Boucher, a student at Los Amigos High School has said, “People need to wash their hands every time and get checked up just in case because you never know if you’ve been infected or not.” NO vaccines are available against this infection. Wash your hands often with soap and water, Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura