Proposal+5:Walmaarts

For my research essay I will explore what the relationship between China and the United States is. In my research I will argue the possible propaganda and origins of the coronavirus. I will also explain how trade and the market could plummet due to the amount of resources coming out of China. The last topic I will discuss is the possible closure of events and schools around the globe because of the virus. 

Thesis: This coronavirus will cause havoc all around the globe in a plethora of ways.

Sources:

  1. NYU closing Florence campus over coronavirus fears

URL: https://nypost.com/2020/02/24/nyu-closing-florence-campus-over-coronavirus-fears/

Background: The article written by Julia Marsh and Tamar Lapin both of these authors are highly rated and popular on the “New York Post”. Within this news brief it explains how the NYU branch in Florence Italy is closing due to the threat of the coronavirus. 

How I intend to use it: The data that is provided will allow me to predict and show the future of the United States. Events will be closing and public interaction will be at an all time low. This could have an effect on the stock market and how people get supplies needed to live with human interaction possibly being limited.

  1. Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

URL:https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/dont-buy-chinas-story-the-coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-lab/

Background: The article written by Steven W. Mosher. He is a journalist from the New York Post. He investigates the speech that ” Xi gave he said, because lab safety is a “national security” issue we need to find a way to fix it in the future”. From this statement it implies that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan China.

How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to show curing the coronavirus could be hard to after you know its origins. From this article I can use what leader Xi is saying about the origins of the virus to show this.

  1. U.S. Stocks Plunge as Coronavirus Crisis Spreads

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/business/stock-market-coronavirus.html

Background: The article is written by Matt Phillips, Jason Horowitz and Choe Sang-Hun. All of these authors operate under the New York Times and have written plenty of articles about the stock market.

How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to show how the coronavirus will have a plethora of effects on human life if the virus were to become a pandemic. Currently, the virus has already affected the stock market. I can extend on that and then show how this could effect human life in the future.

  1. Coronavirus disruption to ‘everyday’ life in US ‘may be severe,’ CDC official says

URL:https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-disruption-in-us-might-be-severe-cdc-official-says

Background: The article is written by Alexandria Hein. She is a popular article writer for Fox News. In this article the author references the W.H.O (World Health Organization) stating that “It’s not a matter of if the United States is affected it’s a matter of when.”

How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to show how everyday lives could be affected in the United States. I’ll use this point along with my other points to show why (if not treated) the coronavirus can compromise the entire planets everyday lives.

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3 Responses to Proposal+5:Walmaarts

  1. davidbdale says:

    First, Walmaarts, I approve of your choosing to investigate an important breaking story. It will present unique challenges, but I hope you’ll decide to continue with your work despite the problems.

    The story will change every day you’re working on it. That will make it hard to stay out front. You’ll have to abandon hope of keeping your essay fresh unless you’re willing to rewrite it every few days.

    Essential questions about the virus, its spread, its duration, its fatality rate, and others, will not likely be resolved by the end of the semester, so you’ll have to find other, less speculative questions to consider if you want to draw any conclusions.

    Shiny objects in daily news reports will seem much more important than they turn out to be over the course of the developing story. Your essay will have a very brief value unless you find a way to incorporate solid research, perhaps by analogy, from other contagion studies or historical records of other scourges.

    Your other fundamental challenge will be to avoid a “flyover” survey of ALL the aspects of the coronavirus story that will demand your attention equally. You can add very little to the BIG story in just 3000 words if you try to cover it all. But you could make a significant contribution to one small aspect of the story if you concentrate on whatever seems most surprising to you about the broad narrative.

    Suppose, for example, you identified the “winners” in this global scourge (if that’s what it turns out to be). Already the 3M company and Clorox are profiting heavily from the demand for protective masks and disinfectants. There will be other winners. In China, fear of the virus has been a big opportunity for the surveillance state to violate even more of its citizens’ privacy. The government is issuing bar codes for its people to make them easy to identify as they enter and exit buildings, where their travel records can be updated and their temperatures taken before they are permitted in or out. And etc.

    Compare that specific bit of narrative to your stated research proposal:

    For my research essay I will explore what the relationship between China and the United States is. In my research I will argue the possible propaganda and origins of the coronavirus. I will also explain how trade and the market could plummet due to the amount of resources coming out of China. The last topic I will discuss is the possible closure of events and schools around the globe because of the virus.

    Reading about those many topics is certainly appropriate. Attempting to write about all of them would be a big mistake.

    Questions?

  2. walmaarts says:

    Thanks for your detailed response! I agree that my topic right now covers way too many points. I like the topic that you suggested about companies like 3M and Clorox but I can’t find a lot of valuable sources. Instead, I was going to talk about the potential spread of the virus in the United States that could be taking in every state right now. One of the sources, I found explains how a strain of the virus was found in Washington State. The data traced back to a particular that dates back to January 15th, meaning the virus has been in the United States since January 15th. This with the elevated number of flu cases means that the virus could be spreading and misdiagnosed as the flu the whole time. Do you think this topic would be a good one to expand upon?

    Thanks again,
    Walmaarts

    • walmaarts says:

      In response to my previous point, I also found another article that explains why the U.S. hasn’t done more coronavirus testing. The article states that test kits are hard to produce and distribute to every state furthering my point on how many cases of the virus could be misdiagnosed as the flu in the United States and all around the globe. (Except for China where they throw you in a hospital if you read 99.5 degrees).

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