Gun Sales Soar Across America Amid Coronavirus Fears | 22 Words

The coronavirus has brought the entire world to a standstill.

The pandemic has been spreading at an alarming rate since it was first discovered in China, and thousands of people all around the world have now died from the deadly virus.

The cases here in the United States have been rising by the day and one worrying statistic has been noticed since the outbreak - and that's the rise in gun sales.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

We are currently in the midst of a pandemic.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to 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 Worldometer that 6,526 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 171,000 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

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 here in America, the U.K, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There have been 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.

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.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, 4,102 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and seventy-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

Evidently, the coronavirus has been causing people all around the world to suffer from serious panic...

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And many are experiencing anxiety and worry over the impending doom the virus brings with it.

People all over the world have been buying in bulk and completely emptying shelves in supermarkets...

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But a worrying statistic has emerged from here in the U.S of what us Americans have been panic buying the most... and it's not toilet roll.

It has emerged that in California, Washington, and New York, gun sales have risen massively.

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Some buyers have sought to "protect their families" from looters should food and supplies run out due to coronavirus panic.

Many of these buyers also feared that the government would restrict their access to guns...

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Whilst a lot of Asian-Americans have resorted to buying guns for protection against racist hate crimes - which have been a problem since the pandemic broke out.

A local gun shop in Los Angeles was seen with queues spilling out of the front door...

And things now seem to be truly getting out of hand.

People are buying out of fear...

A man who lined up outside the Martin B. Retting store on Saturday told the LA Times, "Politicians and anti-gun people have been telling us for the longest time that we don’t need guns."

"But right now, a lot of people are truly scared, and they can make that decision themselves."

People are spending a lot of money...

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Another man spent $1,500 at a store in Germantown, Wisconsin and told USA Today, "There's so much uncertainty and paranoia but you've got to protect your own."

These stats come just one day after President Trump urged citizens to "not stock pile"...

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He also urged us to "take things easy." Buying guns does not qualify for taking things easy.

Trump insists that everything is "under control"...

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But only time will tell. Make sure to stay posted for further updates, and for more on the pandemic, keep scrolling to learn every film and TV show that has been canceled or delayed because 0f COVID-19.