The Coronavirus Is Not Just a New Virus

Toronto calls in the superheroes to help with vaccinating young children against COVID-19. There may not be a Superhero for each child, but there are a few you can count on.

With the numbers of deaths related to coronavirus up by as much as 400% in just under a month, and many of the worst deaths happening to children, it’s a time for superheroes.

The coronavirus is no ordinary virus. It’s one of the worst infectious diseases in history. Its incubation period is three days, it spreads so easily, it can be spread by mere cough and sneeze into your mouth or eyes, and it is highly contagious. This makes it a nightmare for doctors and parents.

For instance, on February 27, a new virus was identified in the Wuhan, China, region. There, a doctor was diagnosed with covid-19 the next day. That doctor transmitted the virus to 4 members of his family.

After this news hit the airwaves, the president of the United States put social distancing and quarantine in place in the most vulnerable citizens. The federal government closed school until May and banned all travel to and from China. By February, the virus was identified by World Health Organization (WHO) in China as the coronavirus.

The fact that there are only four human cases means that the virus is unlikely to spread beyond China and could even be contained in the country.

But this is just the beginning of the disease, because the virus is mutating. Every new coronavirus is a different virus. The only thing we have in common about these viruses is their names, so we call them Covid-19 and SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes Covid-19, which the National Institute of Health has since given the name COVID-19, while the virus that caused SARS, which causes SARS, will be referred to as SARS-CoV2.

With the virus being so new and potentially resistant to treatment, it is unclear how it was brought to this continent. But even so, there are a few superheroes you can count on, and maybe even a few you can count on all the time.

#1. Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fau

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