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.

170 people in China have now died from the virus, which lead to a global emergency being declared.

But unbelievably, Instagram influencers have been trying to cash in from the crisis and they have been seriously slammed for their actions.

Keep scrolling to learn 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 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."

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 that 170 people in China have sadly died after contracting the virus, and close to 8,000 people have been infected - and this is now global.

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 them.

The finger has also been pointed at reptiles...

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In particular snakes. In similarity to bats, reptiles aren't suitable to eat but a snake soup is also seen as a delicacy in numerous parts of China.

All of these sources seem pretty reliable...

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And it seems likely the virus has from a wild animal.

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 they have so far had no luck.

And amidst this global struggle...

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There are (unbelievably) people out there choosing to cash in on the crisis.

These people are, of course, Instagram influencers.

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It seems that nowadays, influencers will do pretty much anything for money and more followers on social media and this is truly a devastating fact.

Wearing a mask to protect yourself is not fashion...

And influencers such as @Jeii_pong have been criticized for posing with a mask, using the hashtag "coronavirus", and encouraging users to "check out her Instagram story."

Instagram models seem to be catching on to the mask trend...

Model @sonyabuchik posted a picture of her posing in Japan wearing a mask, promoting her own vanity more than the awareness of the coronavirus.

Many are taking advantage of China's oriental culture for the perfect photograph...

Brazilian fashion analyst @evelynbmarques posted a candid photoshoot of herself in Changsha wearing a mask, along with the claims that the coronavirus "is not all bad" because she gets to spend more time at home.

Streetwear influencers have taken advantage of the global crisis to promote what they're wearing...

Israeli music manager @rotemavraham shared a photo showing off his designer wardrobe while in China... along with a mask, of course.

Even fitness Instagram has jumped on the bandwagon...

German influencer @fitnessoskar decided to post this candid snap with his girlfriend, who has her legs tightly wrapped around his waist, with the caption, "We are not afraid of the virus... we still enjoy our vacation and hope that this misery will be stopped soon." Problematic in so many ways.

This isn't cool, at all.

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What these influencers need to remember is that people are dying, and that is so much more important than their pointless Instagram posts. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story. Interested in rare diseases? Stay tuned for a list of people who have the rarest diseases on Earth...