Cruise Ship Carrying 7,000 Passengers Hit by 'Coronavirus Fears' | 22 Words

This month, coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, and the deadly virus has spread at an alarming pace, subsequently infecting thousands of people across the globe.

China has descended into mass hysteria as people desperately attempt to protect themselves from the virus, and many flights in and out of the country have been grounded.

And now news of one particular cruise ship has many fearing the future potential of the disease.

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

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The Chinese city, which has 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 has given 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."

They also wrote this:

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"Coronavirus infections can lead to respiratory illnesses - some of which can be severe and deadly, and some of which can be much milder, such as the common cold."

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."

And 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.

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

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The strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva, Chinese officials say.

And it is notoriously difficult to cure...

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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."

And, sadly, the casualties so far have proved to be fatal.

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So far, there have been over 8,000 cases of the virus, and 170 people have confirmed to have died.

Things are only getting worse.

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The virus continues to spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 9 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Germany.

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.

Travellers have been advised against visiting the infected city...

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And thousands have been hastily canceling all travel plans.

And now reports claim a ship near Rome has been hit by coronavirus fears.

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The Italian cruise ship Costa Smeralda is being held off the coast after reports of a coronavirus victim aboard reached land.

It's currently being held in a port in Civitavecchia, north of Rome.

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This is after one fifty-four-year-old woman from Macau came down with symptoms of the deadly disease.

There are around seven thousand passengers currently on board.

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The woman and her husband have been placed in solitary confinement awaiting test results for the virus.

The results are due later today.

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But until then, all six thousand passengers and one thousand crew members are barred from leaving the ship.

The ship was on the last day of its European cruise.

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The woman has not been identified but is believed to have boarded on January 25th at Savona, having flown in from Hong Kong.