By Mahbuba Sumiya, Teens in the D Editor
The new pandemic, COVID-19, infected more than 300,000 people worldwide as of March 21, 2020 according to CNBC news. The number of cases will continue to grow until a new vaccine is introduced. It takes several months to produce a vaccine. The symptoms of the COVID-19 include cough, fever, tiredness, and difficulty breathing said the World Health Organization. Although these symptoms are similar to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Mayo Clinic staff reported COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe. On March 18, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed the groups that are at high risk for COVID-19 are older adults and people with existing severe illness.
Along with the fear of the spread, COVID-19 also gave rise to many Anti-Asian criticisms. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, categorized the COVID-19 as “Chinese virus” said a CNBC reporter Dan Mangan. Trump stated at a White House conference “It could have been stopped right where it came from, China.” Even though the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China, it is not ethical for someone with high authority to criticize a certain group of people. A teenager in Florida, Katherine Oung, quotes “As the coronavirus spreads, there’s another virus spreading that we need to be talking about.” Many Asian Americans are bombarded with hate and racist comments from many of their peers, colleagues, and society. The virus is spreading every day, every hour. It is a difficult time for everyone. Many people are feeling frustrated and angry, but it’s important to respect every group when generalization comments are being made for certain races. What is most important for everyone now is to stop the growing spread of the disease by taking care of ourselves. Let us not give space to another disease.