Coronavirus Update

Mason Dunleavy, News Editor

The widespread coronavirus (COVID-19) has officially made it to Minnesota with two confirmed cases, which means that the coronavirus is closer to home (North Dakota) than ever before.

The University of North Dakota released another statement on the coronavirus regarding study abroad, travel and ways to prevent the spread of the virus. UND has also set up a blog to give updates on the coronavirus.

There are now over 400 cases in the U.S. with 19 deaths resulting from the virus. The first death on the east coast was reported in Florida on Friday. Washington remains the hardest-hit state with 16 deaths and over 100 cases.

On Friday President Trump signed an $8.3 billion emergency aid fund to help fight the spread of the coronavirus within the U.S. During this time, it is essential to wash hands with at least 60% alcohol disinfectant to rid of the coronavirus and try to disdain from touching eyes, mouth or nose. A face mask may also be a wise tool during this time.

China, South Korea, Iran and Italy remain the most infectious countries around the world. 3,666 deaths have been reported as of Sunday and 64,589 have recovered. There are over 100 countries that have been confirmed with the coronavirus.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place in Maryland two weeks ago, had an attendee that was confirmed with the coronavirus. As of Saturday, it was confirmed that the attendee did not have any contact with President Trump.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted on Friday about the coronavirus. The tweet has now received more than 1.5 million likes and 325,000 retweets.

“The coronavirus panic is dumb.” Musk said.

Musk is not the first critic of the coronavirus situation and he won’t be the last. According to, a website that has been tracking coronavirus statistics since the start of the epidemic, the death rate for 80+ years of age is around 15%. That is a high percentage for a disease death rate, but the death rate drops exponentially the lower the age. At 20-29 years old there is a .2% death rate.