Updated: Mar 27, 2020
There’s a good chance you’ve heard about coronavirus recently. Hearing about this virus is essentially inevitable when it’s everything people are talking about right now. As soon as you open any kind of social media, news about the coronavirus floods your timeline. But, what exactly is it? Coronavirus disease, specifically COVID-19, is an infectious disease that is new and has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 initially came from another strand of coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first time COVID-19 was identified was in Wuhan, China in 2019. Since then, the coronavirus has spread globally at an exponential rate, resulting in the World Health Organization officially declaring it a pandemic. Currently, there are about 470 000 worldwide cases of the coronavirus and nearly 22 000 deaths.