The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a complete standstill.

As the death rates rapidly rise per day, more and more people are falling into a mass panic.

And to cause even more panic, Barack Obama has recently shared a terrifying coronavirus infection simulator.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

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The 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?

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According 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...

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And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

But, in more severe cases...

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And 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.

Close to 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...

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183,309 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,177 more have been reported to have died from the illness.

It's a dire situation.

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And 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.

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On December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.

And where did it come from?

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Many 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...

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The 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...

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Which 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.

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Because, 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...

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And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.

Italy has even gone into total lockdown...

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Leaving their streets completely deserted.

And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.

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Our 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.

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Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 4,094 more confirmed cases across the country and seventy-one deaths.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

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And, 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.

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FYI... 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...

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Which 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.

And to cause even more hysteria...

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Our former president, Barack Obama, has tweeted something rather alarming.

He shared a coronavirus infection simulator...

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"Watch this," Obama wrote, "It shows why we should all do the right thing and stay home to the fullest extent possible. All of us can help slow the spread of the virus, protecting the elderly, the vulnerable, and each other."

Originally published by The Washington Post...

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The simulator plots a curve of population infection in 4 different scenarios: free-for-all, forced quarantine, moderate social distancing, extensive social distancing.

The simulations are randomly generated and are completely unique for every person who views them...

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They show a box, representing a town of 200, with 199 blue "healthy" dots and one brown "sick" one and as the dots are left to move randomly, it is evident how quickly the brown dots begin to overtake the blue.

The article goes on to warn the severity of the pandemic...

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"Our simulation town is small - about the size of Whittier, Alaska - so simulitis was able to spread quickly across the entire population," the article warns. "In a country like the United States, with its 330 million people, the curve could steepen for a long time before it started to slow."

The second simulation goes on to propose a quarantine...

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In this simulation, a quarter of the population are walled off with patient zero, who quickly infects them all... but then a gap in the wall appears, and infected people slowly start to leak out, before once again infecting everyone with jarring speed. "Whoops! As health experts would expect, it proved impossible to completely seal off the sick population from the healthy," the article points out.

The third simulation shows moderate social distancing...

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Seventy-five percent of the dots remain stationary, while only twenty-five move around, including patient zero, and the difference in the infection rate is stark.

And in the final simulation...

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It shows what happens when only one in every 8 people move around; even those who aren't exactly mathematicians will see why it is important to maintain social distancing during the current outbreak.

The author of the article wants to highlight the importance of self-isolation...

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"Simulitis is not COVID-19, and these simulations vastly oversimplify the complexity if real life," the author warned. "Yet just as Simulitis spread through the networks of bouncing balls on your screen, COVID-19 is spreading through our human networks - through our communities, our workplaces, our towns, our families. And, like a bouncing ball across the screen, a single person's behavior can cause ripple effects that touch faraway people."

You can check out the simulations here...

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