Illness Outbreak Closes Schools

Sophia Hobbs (10th grade)

Sophia Hobbs (10th grade)

Illnesses such as the Covid-19 coronavirus have consumed at least 811 people and 37,198 cases have been confirmed worldwide. The Covid-19 coronavirus is a life-threatening virus and causes a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The coronavirus is the most expanding and serious illness going around today. 

It is important to do things that would prevent these sicknesses.

¨I’m scared because I don’t want to die, I will prevent myself from getting it by staying healthy as I can,¨ said Sophia Trumbull, sophomore.

According to nutritionists, eating the right amount of nutrients will strengthen your immune system helping prevent illnesses.  While staying healthy is useful when coming to preventing illness, health and wellness websites  say hand washing  with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is beneficial. This should be done especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Health experts also say it is very important to avoid contact with sick people and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Some places require a face-masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases.

It is important to use germ-killing substances to prevent the spreading of germs when a disease or virus is going around.

Currently, there is no vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus. There are medicines for other common illnesses.

“I’m scared of the flu because it has killed people in South Carolina,” said Kerria Johnson, a sophomore. “I will prevent myself from getting the flu by staying healthy and medicine,” Johnson said. 

Health experts also say, if you plan to go outdoors or other places besides your home, it is significant to bring wipes to clean door handles or anything you may touch.  

Adviser Note: Since this story was first reported in late February and early March, South Carolina has joined several other states in closing schools. The students who reported the story along with other students in the school have been at home since March 12. The numbers of people testing positive for the Covid-19 virus reported in the story have since increased from the initial figures. It is best to check most recent news stories for up-to-date figures.

Story by: Katelyn Broome, Jennings Bryant, Autumn Wright