We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.

Amongst the global panic, people have been trying to figure out exactly where the virus has come from and how to treat it effectively.

But the effectiveness of the popular face masks has been strongly questioned... and one person has actually been caught forcing their pet cat to wear one.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.

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The Chinese city with a population of over eleven million citizens is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.

It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...

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Reuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

The symptoms can be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by CNN that 1,107 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China.

It is notoriously difficult to cure...

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And this is because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read... "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.

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There are currently sixteen active cases being monitored in Washington DC but, because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.

The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak...

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The United Nation's health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.

Authorities in China have canceled Chinese New Year events because of the lockdown...

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And flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.

And now, everyone is asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...

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And many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing or cooking them.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

People all around the world are panicking.

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Not only are they worried about their own wellbeings, but they are also worried about the wellbeing of their pets.

In China, a terrible rumor was spread that the coronavirus was being passed around from cats and dogs...

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And tragically, some people believed this rumor and went to some extreme lengths to protect themselves.

5 cats in Shanghai and 1 dog in Tianjin City were thrown from the roofs of buildings...

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Sadly, none of the pets survived these heartless acts, and this truly goes to show the brutality that people will go to in order to protect themselves from the virus.

And what's even more heartbreaking...

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It has been confirmed that the coronavirus cannot be passed on or spread through animals such as dogs and cats. The China Global Television Network said, "There is no evidence showing that pets such as cats and dogs can contract the novel coronavirus."

But despite this confirmation...

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Many people are still overreacting when it comes to keeping their pets from contracting the virus.

Photos have emerged recently of an unfortunate cat in China...

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It is currently unknown as to whereabouts in China the photographs where taken, but the cat has been forced to wear a makeshift face mask in the street.

It's a pretty sad sight to see...

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Not only does the cat look extremely uncomfortable, but the mask will also do absolutely nothing to protect it.

Experts have confirmed the uselessness of face masks in situations such as these...

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Speaking to the BBC, Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said, "In one well-controlled study in a hospital setting, the face mask was as good at preventing influenza infection as a purpose-made respirator."

The masks are effectively useless...

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"However, when you move to studies looking at their effectiveness in the general population, the data is less compelling - it's quite a challenge to keep a mask on for prolonged periods of time," he went on to explain.

This is a developing story...

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So make sure to stay tuned for further updates.