An Introduction to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Tanisha Mehta 

What is COVID-19?

What is Covid-19? Let me start by giving you a quick and easy definition. Covid-19, also known as the “coronavirus,” is the invisible enemy, that uninvited guest, that arrived in our beautiful lives over a year and a half ago and subsequently wreaked havoc. That’s my definition of Covid. Now if you want a more “scientific” or “official” definition of Covid, according to the World Health Organization, Covid-19, officially known as SARS-CoV-2, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.1 Most people infected with the Covid-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, it is crucial to not underestimate the severity of the disease. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a devastating number of 4,475,186 worldwide deaths and climbing.38 

To recap, Covid-19 is the disease caused by the virus, SARS-CoV-2. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China and quickly evolved into a worldwide pandemic that claimed the lives of millions of innocent people. Despite the new benefits and protections brought by the Covid vaccine, the virus is still painfully present in all our lives. Covid-19 will remain a landmark in history as one of the deadliest pandemics this world has ever seen.