New Virus Invades the U.S.


It may feel like a cold, but the Wuhan coronavirus can turn deadly.

Christine Scronce, Staff Writer

The first case of Wuhan Coronavirus (officially called 2019-nCoV) appeared in the U.S. on January 21st, 2020. The patient, who is a Washington State resident, returned from Wuhan on January 15th, and sought medical attention on the 19th. The patient is currently in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.

The second case was diagnosed in Chicago on January 24th. The patient is a 60-year old woman who returned from Wuhan on January 13th, and did not display symptoms until several days after returning to Chicago, leading officials to believe that the other passengers on the plane are not at risk. Reportedly, the patient has not used public transportation or had any close contact with other people since she returned. She is being held in isolation in a Chicago hospital to keep the virus from spreading. At this time neither the name of the hospital or patient have been released.

Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. as of January 27,  in Orange County California, L.A. California, and another in Arizona.

This new strain of  coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the first official case was identified  on December 31st, although there are more suspected cases from earlier in the month. Doctors have linked the virus to the Huanan Seafood Market, suggesting animal-to-human spread (research suggests the virus may have originated in snakes, but the type of snake is not yet known); however, many patients have not had any animal contact, suggesting the virus is also capable of human-to-human spread. It is not yet known how contagious the virus is. China reports that there are at least 2,900 cases of the virus present now and 82 dead. 25 full recoveries have been reported, however recovery numbers are not being updated frequently or regularly. The City of Wuhan is under complete quarantine, and China is considering putting more travel restrictions in place. Symptoms of the virus include sore throat, runny nose, cough, headache, and fever.

Cases of Wuhan Coronavirus have also been reported in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expect the outbreak to continue to grow, and The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting a meeting next Wednesday to determine whether or not to declare the outbreak as a public-health emergency of international concern. President Donald Trump, however, seems unconcerned about the possibility of an outbreak in the U.S., telling CNN news, “We have it completely under control.”