What are the chances of the virus further spreading in the U.S.?
The coronavirus has people across the world on the edge of their seats waiting for the illness to dissipate. Unfortunately, the virus is reluctant to stop its spreading. In fact, USA Today recently reported that the death toll is on the verge of reaching 1,000 people. Not only is the unstoppable virus claiming lives, but it continues to sicken individuals, many of which are located in China. The news source reported that there are at least 40,000 known cases of the coronavirus worldwide.
Director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of the World Health Organization (WHO), says we may only “be seeing the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the coronavirus.
As if that isn’t enough to spread fear, Tedros also said that “There’ve been some concerning instances of … spread from people with no travel history to China. The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries.” Tedros also stated, “all nations must prepare for an outbreak.” While a WHO advance team was scheduled to visit China “to review the nation’s efforts to curb the outbreak,” it was two weeks ago that the organization declared a global emergency, says USA Today.
Thankfully, WHO has organized “a two-day global forum beginning Tuesday that [shall join together] 400 of the world’s leading experts to prioritize work on rapid diagnostics, a vaccine, and effective treatments.”
How many people has the coronavirus infected in the U.S. already?
The number of confirmed cases remains at 12, with no deaths reported. However, one American did die in Wuhan last week as a result of the virus. Although the virus has been contained in the U.S., that doesn’t mean Americans shouldn’t be cautious. With illnesses spreading like wildfire in the U.S. and across the globe, now is the time to take precautionary measures to lower the chances of you and your loved ones from contracting a sickening or fatal virus.
The fact is, we are still defenseless against the deadly coronavirus as there is no vaccine available to fight it off. And the 2019-nCoVisn’t the only sickness that is causing people to fall ill or die. We also have to worry about the flu. Scientific American cited that “in the U.S. alone, the flu has already caused an estimated 19 million illnesses, 180,000 hospitalizations and 10,000 deaths this season.”
Protecting Yourself from Contracting a Potentially Fatal Illness
When a person becomes infected with the coronavirus, they often experience similar symptoms to that of the flu or pneumonia which can make it hard for a person to decipher what it is they are suffering from. That is why you should consider seeking medical attention right away if you experience any of the following symptoms that do not seem to be improving:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
If you seek medical attention from a physician or hospital and feel as though your symptoms weren’t properly addressed, consider seeking a second opinion. In 2017, a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina died after doctors allegedly misdiagnosed his condition. Instead of treating the boy for bacterial meningitis after he displayed some of the symptoms associated with the illness, the hospital recommended that he “rest, drink fluids, and take a Motrin and Tylenol.” Although not all misdiagnosis end with such a tragedy, they can lead a person to suffer from much more serious health conditions.
In the event a doctor misdiagnosed you which has caused your current condition to worsen or you to develop a new one, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney in your city to find out if there is any legal recourse that can be taken on your part.