We are in the midst of a medical crisis - The deadly coronavirus has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.
The virus originated in China, and the country has descended into mass hysteria as people desperately attempt to protect themselves from the virus.
One shocking and heart-wrenching story even emerged of 2 panicked parents who completely abandoning their sick children at the airport.
They're not certain what caused the disease but it's thought to have originated in a meat market. And now we can take a look.
Keep scrolling for the full details on this sickening case.
Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
via: Getty ImagesReuters 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:
via: Getty Images"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.
via: Getty"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...
via: GettyWhat is it that's causing this deadly virus?
There are many theories...
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Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains 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...
via: GettyThe strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva, Chinese officials say.
And it is notoriously difficult to cure...
via: Getty ImagesBecause 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.
via: Getty ImagesSo far, there have been over 800 cases of the virus, and twenty-six people have died.
Things are only getting worse.
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to 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.
via: Getty ImagesThere 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.
via: Getty ImagesThe United Nations’ 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.
via: Getty ImagesAnd flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.
Chinese airports have been completely chaotic.
via: GettyOne shocking and truly heartbreaking story emerged making the situation even more devastating.
A child was reportedly abandoned at an airport amid the virus chaos.
via: GettyA passenger traveling from Nanjing Lukou International Airport has alleged that they witnessed a sick child and his sibling being abandoned at the airport by their parents after being denied entry on their flight.
It is unknown whether the child was actually suffering from the coronavirus...
via: GettyThe child's dad was allegedly insisting that he wasn't sick, but it is believed that the youngster was refused entry to his flight due to his feverish condition.
The passenger shared photos of the quarantined children to the Chinese social network, Weibo...Where he wrote about his experience as he watched the parents argue for 3 hours with airline staff to try and get their children on board the flight, causing severe delays for other passengers in the process.
But their arguments were to no avail...And, instead of rejoining their children, they went on to board the flight alone, leaving the youngsters, scared and alone, behind in the airport.
Airport staff were left to deal with the abandoned children...
via: GettyWhile the parents, who were clearly experiencing the hysteria surrounding the deadly virus, boarded their flight and went on their way. Sadly, this shocking and completely heartbreaking story is only the beginning of a worldwide crisis. This is a developing story, and we will be posting further updates as it progresses.