COVID-19 seems to be spreading much faster than anticipated, and countries across the world are now taking extreme precautions to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible. The United States has now made it clear they are not going to take any chances with this virus that has already gotten pretty much out of hand.
New York City has decided to close all bars, restaurants, and schools in order to limit public interactions. Individuals are still allowed to order food or take it on the go is some areas but dining-out has been strictly prohibited. This sudden drop in both consumerism, travel, and work at the same time has resulted in serious economic consequences. The government released data revealing that financial output is at its absolute lowest in decades and on top of that, unemployment is on the rise as well.
The increase in patients is alarming because as the Governor of New York stated, the hospitals are not ready for an increased number of patients. Despite the government putting aside billions of dollars to help combat the virus and receiving generous donations of medical supplies from wealthy Chinese personnel, they are still underequipped, especially if the virus continues to grow at its current rate. The fear is that hospitals will become so overwhelmed, medical professionals will have to choose the patients they treat, just as Chinese and Italian doctors did.
It isn’t just the United States that has started to take matters seriously. Germany has sealed its border, France and Spain have also now started acting against the virus, and the lockdown in Italy continues.
Gatherings are restricted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Not only have there been bans in going to public places, and on traveling, but now the CDC has announced that gatherings of 50 or more people should be avoided at all costs for the next 8 weeks. This has made the reality of the situation more apparent for most Americans as not only work and school is put on hold, but social interactions are halted as well. Weddings, birthday parties, large family events, and reunions of all sorts will now have to be reconsidered and possibly even postponed entirely until the virus is contained or at least begins to show signs of reducing.
In California, seniors who are above the age of 65 are being advised to stay indoors and are being told not to leave the house unless it is necessary for them to do so. The hope is that with these extreme measures being taken there will be less interaction between people, and the less that people interact, the fewer chances the virus has of spreading.
The world literally seems to be waging a war against coronavirus, and since China has seen definite success by following these extreme precautions, the rest of the globe can only hope they get the same positive results from their efforts.