All 50 states have now confirmed they have the coronavirus, with West Virginia announcing their first case of COVID-19. This untimely news was shortly announced after the death toll exceeded 100 patients of the virus. There is definite panic ensuing in every city, as shelves are wiped clean in grocery stores. People have clearly started stocking up in fear of a possible quarantine that could have them isolated in their homes for weeks on end.
The reason why people are panicking is that they have no idea how long the call for social distancing will last. Experts say it will take several weeks or more to even see if the social distancing is having any effect in reducing the spread of the virus. New York has stated they will decide within the next 48 hours concerning whether their large population will be given a stay-in-place order or if they will encourage society to continue operating as it is while taking extreme precautions. There are over 8 million residents in New York and enforcing everyone to remain strictly in their homes until the virus slows down will prove to be a challenge.
Government and health officials are constantly putting out the message to everyone to stay at home and most importantly, to limit their interactions with other people. As individuals are told to stay at home, economic growth is significantly getting impacted. Job losses are climbing rapidly and may even end up reaching the millions.
In Washington and other states, the idea of sending checks of $1000 to people to help support them in this time of higher unemployment is being discussed. The checks will obviously only be sent to those homes within a certain income bracket to make it possible for them to survive during this complicated situation. This system of sending out money in tough times has benefited the economy previously, such as during the great recession.
What else is being done to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States?
Different cities are taking different precautions to help ensure that the virus does not spread. In Dallas, all playgrounds and many recreational sports centers are being shut down to the public. In New Jersey, malls, amusement parks, and most recreational play areas are closed until the state of emergency is over. Other cities are not closing public places entirely but have changed the timings in which they operate to discourage individuals from going to crowded places. In North Carolina, restaurants are only allowed to offer pick-up food services starting at 5 p.m.
Anyone who develops a fever and a dry cough should go and get checked up at their nearest medical testing center immediately. If anyone feels like they are getting sick, they should begin self-isolating themselves from their friends and even family members. The less amount of contact individuals have with each other, the fewer chances the virus has to continue spreading at such a rapid rate.