As the number of coronavirus cases increases, so does the death toll. So many people have been impacted by this virus, although for one family, their lives have been completely torn apart by it.
Keep scrolling to read all about the family's tragic situation. This is utterly heart-wrenching...
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Cases have now passed the 200,000 mark.
via: GettyThere are now 225,237, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 9,276 people have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 9,464more confirmed cases across the country and 155 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
via: GettyWhich prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
As death tolls rise...
via: Getty ImagesOne family's heart-wrenching story has come to light.
The close-knit Fusco family from New Jersey have had their lives totally destroyed by the virus.
via: Getty ImagesGrace Fusco, the matriarch of the family, is a mother of eleven kids, and grandmother to twenty-seven. But, the virus has completely ravished through the family.
7 members of the Fusco family tested positive for COVID-19.
via: Family archiveAnd now they are consumed by unthinkable grief after 3 of their own have died.
via: family archiveThe seventy-three-year-old died on Wednesday night after becoming infected with the virus.
But, to make matters even more heartbreaking...
via: GofundMeShe passed away just hours after her son died from the virus and 5 days after her daughter’s death, a relative confirmed to the New York Times.
Grace was unaware that 2 of her children had passed away before she herself died.
My God. "Mrs. Fusco, of Freehold, died after spending Wednesday “gravely ill” and breathing with help from a venti… https://t.co/hPebTwvUsQ— Erica L. Green (@Erica L. Green)1584584754.0