By now, everyone has heard of COVID-19, or more commonly known as the coronavirus. Flights are being canceled, along with schools, businesses, weddings, and even Broadway shows. Some governments are encouraging their citizens to stay home whenever possible; others are enforcing mass quarantines. Face masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper (for some reason) are cleared from store shelves as people stockpile to prepare themselves for the worst. The 20-second hand washing technique is being promoted by health authorities and is all over social media.
However, what is the coronavirus exactly? Is it nothing more than the bad flu (unfortunately, it’s worse)? How is it possible for some people to test positive to the illness without any physical impairments while other cases prove fatal?
The 2020 Pandemic
A pandemic is defined as a disease that spreads over a whole country or the entire world. With borders closing and countries going on lockdown, we can definitely say the latter is the case.