Initially, a lot of people were trying to convince us that this mysterious new coronavirus was not much of a threat. Those people have now been proven wrong, and the number of cases continues to escalate at a staggering rate.
We should still hope that the measures that are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus will work, because nobody should want to see this develop into a full-blown worldwide pandemic. But at this point it has become clear that this outbreak is not going to be easy to control.
The virus spreads very easily from person to person, it can survive for up to five days on surfaces, it has an incubation period of up to 14 days, and people can spread it even if they aren’t showing any symptoms at all. That makes this an exceedingly dangerous virus, and we will be talking about this crisis for a long time to come.