WHO Declares COVID-19 a Global Pandemic, Should We be Worried?

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Human Coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is now widespread throughout the world with the exception of very few countries. The United States is one among many countries to have this new virus. In the U.S., as of March 20th, 2020, all 50 states have cases ranging from as few as 2 in West Virginia to as many as over 5,000 in New York according to the LiveScience U.S. case map. 

Here in Connecticut, there are 159 confirmed cases and 2 confirmed deaths from coronavirus. Schools and towns throughout the state of Connecticut have postponed and  cancelled large public gatherings and events.

According to the Trumbull Public Schools website and email that was sent out to students, parents, and staff, the local Trumbull Libraries are closed, school is cancelled until further notice, and many other public places and events throughout the town are cancelled.  

Colleges throughout the state such as University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University, have also cancelled classes and have switched to online learning alternatives. For some colleges, the rest of the spring semester is cancelled and students will now have to continue the rest of the semester online. College graduations are being cancelled and postponed due to the spread of the virus. This reaction from colleges from the virus lead to many college students coming back home from school. Families are all at home, spending more time at home and self quarantining to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

With a new virus on the loose, not only have schools been affected throughout the country, but businesses have taken a toll from the virus as well. Stores like Stop and Shop and Big Y are completely out of things like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning products. Cleaning aisles are completely empty, and stores have limited customers to one or two products per person to ensure everybody has a chance to get the things they need. 

 “Customers have been buying more perishable and frozen goods but we haven’t been sold out of much except for the cleaning supplies and water products” said Mackenzie Minor, THS Senior and Big Y employee. “…we are encouraged to wash our hands more, and to use the hand wipes at our registers and customers are encouraged to use the cart wipes and purell stations in store.” The effect of the virus on local businesses had brought an initial surge of customers who were looking to buy cleaning supplies, but that has caused a shortage of cleaning supplies and things like toilet paper. After the initial panic buying, customers staying home in quarantine to slow the spread of the virus are only going out when needed. Businesses can’t seem to keep up with the growing demand for hand sanitizers and Lysol disinfectant products and are unable to fill the shelves for long before they are sold out again.  

To prevent infection and to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or to use at least 60% alcohol hand sanitizer, avoid close contact with those who are sick, and to stay home if you are sick. The CDC also recommends that you should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, counters, phones, sinks, etc. If the virus is spreading within your community or nearby communities, social distancing of 4-6 ft apart is recommended and staying home from unnecessary activities. Stay safe and healthy during these trying times and we will get through this!    

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