MISSOURI– The most recent strain of coronavirus 2019-ncov (nCov) is a growing concern globally. The virus is hitting close to home now with suspected cases in Lawrence, Kansas and Illinois.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital admitted a man who has nCoV-like symptoms. The man came back from a trip to Wuhan, China, and started suffering from respiratory complications.
Assistant Professor Anthony Fehr has been researching various types of the Coronavirus (Cov) since 2012. Fehr is currently studying CoVs at Kansas University’s Department of Molecular Biosciences.
He said usually with CoVs, the virus dies off with the host. It does not usually spread from human to human. Therefore, not posing such a threat of widespread outbreaks. Fehr said scientists and the medical community are kind of shocked by this virus’s mutant abilities.
Fehr said that although he feels the U.S. is at a really low risk because of advanced medicine, and limited exposure, he still has growing concerns.
Many institutions are trying to quickly come up with a vaccination, and it’s unclear how long that will take. Fehr said he does not know exactly how effective a vaccine would be, because of how wide spread the virus might be when the vaccine comes out.
There have been 6,000 people reportedly infected with the coronavirus, surpassing the total number of cases of SARS in 2002-2003. Fehr said the two viruses are very similar.
The U.S. is evacuating people from Wuhan, China. The evacuees will be quarantined and medically evaluated. China’s National Health Commission said that they have had 132 nCoV deaths.
It has negatively affected the agriculture market with traders sitting idle waiting to see exactly the extent the virus will impact the sector. President Trump said the U.S. will not change any tariffs from China.
Fehr said there are so many uncertainties surrounding this virus.
The Center for Disease Control published nCov articles on transmission of the virus, symptoms and complications, treatments, and what to do if you feel you are sick.