Pandemic Coronavirus 2020
The novel Coronavirus has surpassed 120,000 worldwide cases and the death toll has increased to around 4200 worldwide. In the United States, more than 1,000 cases have been seen. Worldwide there have been vast changes, delays, and closing of borders to prevent the spread of this virus. Pandemic Coronavirus 2020 has officially begun.
“The spread of the coronavirus across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic,” World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday, March 11th. This confirms what many other epidemiologists have been saying for weeks. “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the W.H.O., said at a news conference in Geneva. “We cannot say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough,” he added. “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”
All six continents have seen transmission of the virus. This “spreading” of the virus is what allows scientists to call this outbreak the Pandemic Coronavirus 2020.
An epidemic is a regional outbreak of an illness. in 2010, a pandemic was defined as the worldwide spread of a new disease.
International Spread of Coronavirus.
Italy has been hit the hardest, outside of China. They are closing their country to travelers. The Prime Minister of Italy – Giuseppe Conte recently announced that they will spend $28 billion to confront the coronavirus emergency. New cases in Italy are escalating.
Italy has reported more than 12,400 cases – a jump of more than 2,000 in a day. Italy has had 800 deaths and nearly 7,000 hospitalizations.
China – new cases in China are dwindling.
Israel has also closed its borders – or will on Thursday – to travelers and many in the country will send tourists home. They will also impose a mandatory 14-day isolation of anyone entering the country. They plan on spending $2.8 billion to help counter the tourism fallout.
Germany believes the Coronavirus will affect two-thirds of its population. Some of the countries’ top virologists indicate that this could happen over the next 1-2 years. Germany has seen about 1,500 cases.
India – has closed its borders on Wednesday – suspending virtually all visas to enter the country until April 15th. They have also placed a 14-day isolation for any travelers from China, Italy, Iran, Korea, France, Spain, and Germany.
Guatemala – has closed its borders to any Europeans starting Thursday.
France and Spain have also seen an elevation in cases – France 2,300 and Spain 2,200.
Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland have seen around 400 cases.
Denmark and Belgium have seen 300 cases.
Iceland has 80 cases.
Greece and Ukraine – with very little cases are closing all schools and universities.
Hungry – will consider closing schools and theaters.
Poland – will close schools, art galleries, museums for the next two weeks – starting later this week.
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast confirm their first cases.
Travel restrictions are increasing in the Middle East as well.
Spread in the United States
As of Wednesday – 1,080 cases had been seen. This was a jump of one-third from earlier in the week.
People in 40 states have tested positive.
There have been 31 related deaths.
Colleges across the country have suspended classes – or have changed to online classes.
Seattle has banned parades, concerts, festivals, and other gatherings of more than 250 people through the end of March.
Kentucky recommends stopping church services for the next few weeks.
What Does This Really Mean?
Studies, Analysis, and Examples have shown that without strict protocols and restrictions – the Coronavirus will continue to spread. Any time, large groups come together – several people may be at risk. This will exponentiate the spread of this disease.
The Pandemic Coronavirus 2020 will likely continue to worsen. Caution is vitally important.
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