BY JOHN CARTER JR
One of the most pressing or alarming issues in this new decade has been none other than SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, simply referred to as Coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released much information concerning the outbreak and its potential harms and has looked into ways to prevent the spread of the virus. The virus has affected many people around the world and still has no cure.
In the midst of all this turmoil, TMN spoke with Kansas native Josephine Qiu, a mother of one who was recently visiting Ganzhou, China to see her husband, Wenping. Qiu is currently still in China with Wenping and their son, Jasper, and her comments were brief but here is what she had to say about the outbreak.
“Everything is different. Where once there were hundreds of cars driving daily there’s now empty streets. All the people stay at home and go out very rarely,” Qui said. “If you go out you must wear a mask. School was canceled and now school is online. Not many people are working, stores are closed. It’s empty. We have been home for about a month or so. The only time we went out was to get food.”
(Jasper Qiu remains healthy post-outbreak)
Regarding developments in treatment and new information about the virus, Qui is hopeful things will get better soon.
“The virus is getting better, so I’m hopeful. Life is starting to go back to normal,” Qui said. ‘Yes I can come back to America if I want. My biggest concern is people not being sanitary. The older generations sneeze and cough without covering their mouths and I don’t want my son to get sick. We stay inside to avoid getting sick.”
The outbreak becomes more of a pressing issue as the days pass on and people are hoping for medication to address it. The CDC says “CDC is operationalizing all of its pandemic preparedness and response plans, working on multiple fronts to meet these goals, including specific measures to prepare communities to respond to local transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. There is an abundance of pandemic guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic that is being repurposed and adapted for a COVID-19 pandemic.”
For information to best protect yourself against the new coronavirus and more concerning its development you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.