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Center for Disease Control and Prevention

On Tuesday, March 11, the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Coronavirus and Fossil Ridge: what you need to know

Since it was first identified late last year, coronavirus has captivated the minds of the American people as much as it has maintained a grip on communities around the world. In less than two months, the virus has reached 100,000 cases around the world and achieved status as a pandemic. As it has begun to establish itself in the United States, government and people alike have responded—while quarantines and cancellations have been instated across the nation, shortages and panic have spread. 

COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus, first introduced via animals in Wuhan, China. Not unlike the flu, it acts on the respiratory system, causing fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. According to the World Health Organization, each infected person passes on the virus to, on average, between two and 2.5 people, and the crude mortality rate is 3-4%. The virus is transmitted via droplets, contact, and contaminated surfaces.

As coronavirus cases begin to climb in Colorado, Etched in Stone aims to examine how exactly the virus will impact the local community, from the school itself to the whole of Larimer County, as well as dispel any misinformation that surrounds the topic.

Larimer County prepares for coronavirus

District responds to COVID-19 outbreak

At a glance, the Poudre School District response plan looks bland, dull, and impotent. It starts out by stating the obvious: distance yourself from sick people, wash your hands, et cetera. However, the reality is that the response plan sheds light onto the severity of COVID-19, and provides key details on what the district will do. During this outbreak, a hierarchy of authority has been established. Accordin...

A virologist weighs in: Brian Geiss provides insight into coronavirus

Liam H. Flake, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Brian Geiss, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University. He is a virologist currently working on the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and therefore was able to provide some insight on the subject. Q: In your opinion, is an outbreak likely or even inevitable in Larimer County? How quickly might COVID-19 spread once introduc...

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