It's safe to say that as we head further into the coronavirus outbreak, tension and panic only seems to be on the rise.
This week, a viral video taken on a flight has proven just that. Keep scrolling to watch the heated clip...
Coronavirus has been hitting the headlines non-stop lately.
via: GettyThe 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?
via: GettyAccording 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.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd 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.
The number of worldwide cases has now surpassed the 200,000 mark.
via: Getty202,272, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 8,012 more have reportedly died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany 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...
via: GettyThe 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...
via: GettyWhich 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.
via: GettyBecause, 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...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur 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.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been over 4,000 more confirmed cases across the country, with the death toll having now surpassed one-hundred.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, 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.
via: GettyFYI... 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...
via: GettyWhich 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.
It's safe to say that both panic and tension has been rising.
via: ShutterstockAnd a video that has gone viral on social media this week proves this.
The clip shows a passenger getting into a dispute with the cabin crew...
via: FacebookWhich was allegedly triggered over rows about elbow room.
The altercation becomes heated very quickly...
via: FacebookAnd at one point, the passenger slaps a female air hostess in the face.
The scene was captured by the man's wife.
via: FacebookIn the footage, she can be heard claiming that a male flight attendant had punched her spouse first.
2 other flight attendants then approach the man to try and calm him down.
via: FacebookBut their attempts come to no avail. The passenger can be heard shouting: "You don't put your goddamn hands on me! Motherf****r!" he yells. "I will beat the s**t out of you! ... The f**k you want? What you ask b***h?"
The man was initially wearing a face mask.
via: FacebookBut he pulled it down during the heated spat and allegedly "sprayed spit at some of the people he was yelling at," according to VT.
A female cabin crew supervisor then appears to chime in.
via: FacebookShe can be heard telling the passenger: "Now you listen, and you calm down. You will go with [the] police ... Listen, we heard you already, now you're finished. If you don't finish, you will get in trouble."
She then appears to take a strike at the man...
via: FacebookWho then responds by slapping her in the face. The video then cuts off.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident is thought to have taken place on a Brussels Airline flight on Friday.
via: FacebookThe chaotic footage was posted to Facebook and quickly went viral. "This happened on a Brussels airline flight this morning. A black man, his wife and family were traveling back from a vacation. The man is complaining about TWO men who were sitting on the sides of his Mother-in-law and elbowing her as she was sitting in the middle seat," wrote Carmen Moore, who posted the clip.
via: Facebook"The man complained to the supervisor and was told they didn’t have to help him. The female Supervisor proceeded to defend the men who were elbowing the woman when the man said something to the supervisor. She slapped him. The men who jumped on him broke his ribs and the police drug him down the plane's steel stairs despite the man asking for medical attention prior."