Recently, a new virus emerged in Wuhan, China. The virus, named SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, spreads very quickly throughout the country. Even worse, it eventually traveled through the world, becoming a pandemic. The respiratory illness has symptoms including difficulty breathing, chills, coughing, tiredness, and what you can call “the giveaway,” a fever. This has triggered lots of chaos and fear, there is a lot to know about the disease. Countries are giving all their effort to fight off the virus.
According to the CDC, the number of cases in both the US and the world is astonishingly high. As of April 16, there are more than 1.99 million cases worldwide. At least 600 thousand are from the US. Even worse news, at least 130 thousand deaths were reported worldwide, about 27 thousand coming from the United States. There are many ways countries have tried to stop the spread. China and Italy went under full lockdown after reaching a high total number of cases. The US has some states under lockdown as well as 95% of Americans under a stay-at-home order (Business Insider).
The virus has been affecting the economy, hospitals, and thousands of people. Companies scramble to make more and more of the critically low items. The economy has taken a huge hit during the outbreak. Weeks ago, the stock market crashed and was down to its worst in a long time. It was, “history’s largest point plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average,” according to thebalance.com. Small businesses have been struggling to survive amid the pandemic due to closures and limited people coming. Even the larger businesses are affected, just not nearly as much. Governors hope to help the businesses by funding them, but there are a lot of them. Medical supplies are becoming more and more scarce. Items such as masks, beds in hospitals, and ventilators are on really low supply. This is taking a big hit on humans just because they are basically forced to stay home and many are losing their jobs. Additionally, there is a struggle to find supply of items such as some foods, hand sanitizer, masks, tissues, and the biggest one, toilet paper. The virus has sparked “panic buying,” and the stock of some items are almost zero.
One other big problem has to do with education. Lots of schools are closed, some even for the rest of the year. Students now learn through online and have to use programs such as WebEx.
The CDC and WHO has given out tips to help slow the spread. If we want to defeat this virus, we will have to listen to this. The people at the highest risk include the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, lung diseases, any other respiratory issues. According to the CDC, “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” This can include washing your hands, practicing social distancing, staying away from people that are sick, wear masks when you’re sick and stay home. Also, avoid touching your face and participating in any large gatherings.
Overall, the rapid-spreading disease is one everyone needs to be aware of. Take precautions and stay at home, wash your hands frequently and exercise other good hygienic actions. Although some places are slowing down in infections, there isn’t a clear end that we can see anytime soon. To conclude, we have no idea how long this pandemic will last. The best thing we can do is to stay home and stay safe, and practice what we were told to do.
by Alex Arevalo
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