By Krivi Gupta
The World Health Organization explains that the Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that cause illness that can range anywhere from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS or MERS. The outbreak originated in the city of Wuhan which is located towards the center region of China. In so far, over 95,000 people in over 80 countries have been affected by the outbreak, with nearly 3,000 deaths. As a result of the virus, many are worried about their health being put at risk. For others, they are also worried about their families abroad. Today we spoke to a Mira Loma student and senior, Samantha Cui whose grandmother lives in Wuhan, China. We asked her about the Coronavirus and how it has impacted her and her family:
Tell me about your family living in Wuhan, China.
So my grandma lives in Wuhan, as well as my second aunt. They can barely leave the house, except for taking out the trash, etc
They run out of food easily, and no grocery shops are open, so they need those delivered to them (the grocery delivery is a government service)
How do you think your family is doing in China with the outbreak of the virus?
They are doing okay, just bored sometimes because they can’t leave the house
And the Chinese government is sending out optimistic messages and even statistics. The sad thing about China is that it’s authoritarian, nobody knows what’s the real deal about the virus
When do you believe this virus will no longer be a major epidemic?
Most professionals claimed that the virus is expected to “die out” or at least almost disappear around June, Summer
What are your personal thoughts on the virus?
What I think of the virus: I think 1. Chinese people need to stop eating everything. Whether the virus came from the bat or no. 2. It makes sense for the Chinese government to not tell the public when it first came out to avoid panic. But this is a mistake – they allowed the virus to spread – because not telling people about it = people not being cautious
And lastly, the SADDEST. WORST part is all the Chinese businesses. HUGE Chinese restaurants like HaiDiLao are losing millions? Billions? As a result, because nobody goes to eat there anymore, but they still have to pay wages, rents, etc
My mother’s jewelry store is going bankrupt because nobody shops at malls anymore, and she still has to pay her workers and she has to pay all the water bills/rents/etc