Is the Coronavirus Cause for Concern?

Is the Coronavirus Cause for Concern?

I’m sure that by now we have all heard of the Coronavirus and its outbreak around the world. Though the virus started in China it has now spread to 94 countries on all continents except Antarctica, according to WorldOMeter. The disease has been closely covered by the media and it is easy for one to get caught up in all the attention surrounding the disease, but in my opinion, the disease, while certainly scary, is not something that we should completely focus on in our everyday lives. 

A few weeks ago the first case of Coronavirus in the United States was confirmed and it has now spread to around 15 states, with a total of 233 confirmed cases. Though this does seem like a large number when you break it down it really isn’t. The United States has approximately 330 million people so the number of cases is not as large as the media coverage makes it seem to be. The flu alone has killed and infected a substantially larger amount of people in the United States than Coronavirus has, but due to constant media coverage of this new disease fear in the country is rising. 

The United States is one of the world leaders in handling disease and is putting their best foot forward in preventing this new disease to get out of hand. I truly believe that there is no need for immediate concern for our health and safety due to the Coronavirus. I know that the media has painted this breakout to seem like a complete and global epidemic, and don’t get me wrong, it is an awful thing that anybody has been affected by this disease, but in the grand scheme of things Coronavirus is not really anything we should be spending time worrying about. 

All in all, I understand that we shouldn’t ever brush a disease we do not currently have a vaccine for under the rug, but at the same time, we all don’t need to worry as of right now. The number of cases in the United States, and the rest of the world for that matter, is a minuscule percentage of the entire population. We should all just stay on top of reliable news coverage on the disease, wash our hands a little extra, and most importantly, live our lives free of any worry to the best of our ability.