• Derek Ray

A Crazy Pandemic Around the World

Updated: May 17

by Derek Ray

2020 has been off to a very rough beginning, with a new virus spreading globally day by day. The new disease is called Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and it was first discovered back in December of 2019 in Wuhan City, China. Three months later, it has spread across the world and put people in great danger. Breakouts have happened in Europe, East Asia, and the United States. COVID is extremely contagious, which means it can spread onto surfaces from just a simple cough or sneeze. Symptoms of Coronavirus are very similar to those of Influenza. It typically has a stronger impact on people ages 50 and older and nursing homes have been having many death reports over the last two months.

Every day, more people test positive to COVID-19 and many also die as a result of the virus. Schools have shut down in many countries and people are being quarantined in some places. Restaurants can only do take out or drive-thru pick up.

Urgent Care Clinic Diane Ray has this to say, “People need to be aware of how serious this pandemic is. If they don’t, Coronvirus will continue to spread and take more lives from this world. They just need to follow these few steps.

Step 1: Wash, Wash, Wash your hands frequently. You need to know what is safe to touch and what isn’t safe.

Step 2: If you can, stay home! The best way to prevent further spreading is to stay away from public places. You should only have to leave home to get groceries or emergency situations. Stay home and take care of your family members.

Step 3: Go outside and get your exercise. Even if you're stuck at home, it is always best to go outside and walk, jog, play a sport, or do something physical.”

With schools closed for several weeks, teachers are having to work with students online via video chat. Many are experiencing cabin fever, as all professional sports are put on hold. The NBA and NHL have suspended the remainder of their seasons and all spring/summer sports are also postponed until further notice. There isn’t much more we as a community can do than to just stay home and spend time with their household. Stay away from public places and wear masks and gloves, and also wash your hands frequently if needing to leave the house.


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