Why I Think the Coronavirus is Being Downplayed


So... hot topic. Coronavirus. As you see in the title, I think it's being downplayed. Here's why.

The rate of coronavirus in the U.S. is growing. Testing for cures is being done, the 1st person has died from the virus in the U.S., and there's been person to person spread. What is concerning now is the 2 new community spread cases, both in California around the Bay Area. With close proximity to China and being a major hub for tourism and business alike, it's no surprise that the Bay Area is seeing some of the most cases of the virus. However, officials have been reluctant to take severe actions. Sure, San Francisco's mayor has declared a state of emergency. Schools around Solano county are being cleaned. But the precautions taken need to be more significant. I've seen masks being worn everywhere and food and water selling out at stores. Individuals are taking emergency matters into their own hands for the virus. After all, it's not a matter of "if" but "when."

These community spread cases are the start of something big. For the 2nd community spread case in Santa Clara County, officials have emphasized that the risk is unknown. It could be a little, it could be a lot. That's not very assuring. If you aren't sure about the risk after 2 cases with an unknown cause have been found, I urge that health officials encourage preparation over precaution. Staying calm in any scenario like this is essential, but there has to be a balance between what is staying safe and staying calm.

After reading a New York Times article, even more about the virus being downplayed is seen. You can read the article for yourself, but basically, Trump is focusing on how Democrats will blame him for a coronavirus recession instead of the virus itself.

So, I'll lead it to you to decide how severe this virus is. Are the necessary precautions and actions being taken? Is Trump handling the situation correctly? Should individuals be taking action on their own? Honestly, I don't have a clear answer to all of these questions. What I can say is that we should see the coronavirus as a threat and handle it appropriately, whatever "appropriately" means.


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