While cities and states begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to continue following proper safety protocol and social distancing in order to avoid a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We were reminded of that over the weekend when a group of students at the Lovett School in Atlanta tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending a drive-in graduation ceremony to celebrate members of the Class of 2020.
“We want to let you know that the school has been notified by several Class of 2020 families that their students have tested positive for COVID-19,” a letter to parents read, per People. “Unfortunately the infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus means that most communities will be touched at some point, and we recognize how hard separation and missed milestones have been on the emotional lives of our students.”
An exact number of positive tests has not been disclosed.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 99,400 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Cases ‘Still On the Way Up’