Before we get into the specifics of the current coronavirus outbreak, let me assure you that despite what the media leads you to believe, you are probably not going to die of the coronavirus. As of February 2, 2020 only 11 people in America have tested positive for coronavirus. On the off chance that you contract the coronavirus, with modern medicine, the fatality rate is really quite low. The rapid spread of the disease in China was a result of the high density of people and limited medical care.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) has been identified by the CDC to be the cause of the ongoing outbreak crisis that originated in Wuhan, China. The CDC has linked the spread of 2019-nCov to large seafood and live animal markets, however the idea that Chinese people are to blame for the spread of the virus is simply not true. According to CDC reports, many of the initial patients did have contact with live animal markets suggesting that the virus was introduced through contact with animals but rapidly spread through human to human contact.

For this reason, the CDC is urging people to practice good hygiene such as washing hands with soap and water, limiting travel to affected areas, and seeking medical treatment immediately if you believe you may have symptoms of the coronavirus. These symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among other respiratory symptoms. 

The CDC is warning that the coronavirus could rise to an epidemic level in America if proper precaution is not taken. It is critical that we all do our part in keeping our communities safe by practicing good hygiene, staying home, and seeking medical attention when we are sick.

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