By Simon Shreepaili
Canterbury Girls High School, Year 8
3 May 2020
Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a virus that was discovered in 2019. At first, it was identified as an epidemic but few months later, the World Health Organisation declared the strain a “pandemic”.
As well as bringing the world to a standstill, COVID-19 has severely impacted my school life and how I learn.
Health authorities have identified a number of groups that are more vulnerable to the pandemic than others: elderly members of our community, people with weakened immune systems, people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung conditions, kidney disease and diabetes; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have higher rates of chronic illness.
WHO Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that patients aged 80 and above have a fatality rate of 14.8%. Worldwide, there have been nearly 3.5 million people infected as of May 3 with around 1.1 million who recovered and nearly 250,000 who unfortunately died as a result of contracting the virus. According to WHO, the pandemic has already reached 215 countries and jurisdictions.
Australia, compared to rest of the world, is doing great in dealing with the pandemic but we still have a long way to go before the number of people infected by the virus comes down to “0”.
Australia: Australia has got 6783 cases confirmed COVID-19 positive, 5745 people have recovered and 93 deaths. As of May 2, NSW has 3031, ACT has 106, Victoria has 1371, South Australia has 438, Queensland has 1034, Tasmania has 223, Northern Territory has 29 and Western Australia has 551 confirmed cases.
United States: The US has been the country with the most number of confirmed cases. New York is the most affected in the US. The total number of coronavirus cases in the US is 11,32,089 with 65,783 deaths and 1, 61,666 recovered.
Spain: Spain is the second most affected country with 2,45,567 cases confirmed, 25,100 deaths and 1,46,233 recovered.
Italy: The third most affected country is Italy with 2,07,428 confirmed cases, 28,236 deaths and 78, 249 recovered.
UK: The fourth most affected country is the UK with 1,77,454 confirmed cases, 27,510 deaths.
Source of COVID-19
Coronavirus was believed to have spread from an animal that was infected with this virus. The infected animal was believed to have been brought in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China but this is only a hypothesis. Professor Stephen Turner, head of microbiology at Monash University, says this virus might have originated in bats.
You must practice good hygiene in order to protect yourself from contracting the virus. This includes washing your hands with soap for about 20 seconds, clean surfaces that are frequently touched and maintaining a 1.5 metres distance from others in the community – when we do need to be out and about. Having healthy diet, staying active and keeping your regular routines consistent are definitely other ways of keeping yourself safe and protected. In this situation, it is very normal to feel stressed, anxious, scared and worried so keep calm by talking to loved ones and stay happy.
Coronavirus infection to children
Children can also be exposed to the coronavirus and can be infected by COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was believed that children would not get infected with the coronavirus, but now it is clear that children can also catch the virus but when they get the infection they get mild symptoms. The Chinese centre for disease control and prevention said children under the age of 19 years made up about 2% of the COVID-19 cases but this was last updated on February 11, 2020.
Impact of coronavirus in the world
The coronavirus has widely impacted the world. Because of the virus, many people have lost their jobs, the business has slowed down, stock markets have dropped and many people have lost their lives. The travel industry has also been hit hard. Countries have put in travel bans which leave airlines to stop running. Many countries are in lockdown which has greatly impacted the marginalised section of society who are dependent on daily wages. There are already signs of economic recession throughout the world which might impact millions of people.
The impact on my everyday lives
As we all well and truly know by now, coronavirus has heavily impacted our everyday life. We are being told to stay at home, go out only if absolutely necessary and not to hold open gatherings. Schools have also switched to online classes which may have made some lazier and less obedient. I must admit the lockdown has made me a bit lazier since I am stuck at home.
Schoolwork for me has become more challenging as I can’t have face to face interactions with my beloved teachers. I am unable to ask them questions in order to better understand my work. Before the lockdown, I was able to go outside on weekends, but now I am not able to do what I miss the most. I am really looking forward to going outside without worrying about catching the virus.
The coronavirus is a deadly virus and it is important to keep safe. This virus widely impacted the world. For example, many people lost their lives, it impacted the global economy and many lost their jobs. This is why you should be safe, practise good hygiene, practise social distancing and stay happy while the pandemic is spreading throughout the world.
The writer, a school student from Sydney, is solely responsible for all aspects of this article including facts and figures.
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