The Damage Caused by the Fastest-Spreading Virus in History
Note: The numbers used in this article are as of April 9, 2020 at 19:18.
COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, has caused a disaster on a global scale. It has changed the lives of millions of people, who had to adjust to a new style of everyday living. Starting in Wuhan, China, this virus has rapidly spread to almost every populated continent and nearly every country on the planet. With over 1.6 million cases and over 95,000 deaths, this virus is proving to be one of the fastest-spreading diseases in history.
According to the New York Times, this pandemic started in Wuhan, a large city in eastern China. On Dec. 31, Chinese authorities first reported that they were treating several cases of, at that time, an unknown virus. By Jan. 11, China had its first death; to date, it has 81,907 cases and 3,336 deaths reported. Very soon after the cases in China were confirmed, many other countries around the world, including the United States, became infected with the deadly virus. The coronavirus has spread like wildfire through various countries, states, and cities, leaving very few areas untouched by its hand. The current global number of cases has reached 1,604,072 with 95,731 deaths.