Cody R. Miller
For those of you who have been living under a rock over the past few months, the Coronavirus, named COVID-19 is a respiratory illness originating from Wuhan, China. It spreads from droplets coughed or sneezed by an infected person.
TheBMJ states that, ”Worldwide, more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in more than 90 countries”, and the New York Times reports that “The U.S. has counted at least 539 cases across 34 states”, with the death toll rising into the 20’s.
WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated in his opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 on March 3rd, “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died.” so, thankfully, it’s not too high, but it still remains a threat worldwide. Although the threat to us living here in Fullerton isn’t that high. Here are some common hygiene tips that the Fullerton School District posted on their news and announcements page.
Wash hands with liquid soap and water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap is not available.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you or your child has flu-like symptoms, including a fever, stay home until you or your child are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Amidst the spread of the virus comes lots of resulting consequences. Videos of panicked buyers throwing toilet paper, bottles of water, hand sanitizer, and face masks into their shopping carts have gone viral. Stores have been wiped clean of supplies as people prepare for the worst.
Travel restrictions are increasing in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. “Half my family is stuck in Korea”, says 8th grade student, Alexander Moon. He elaborates by saying, “They are unable to visit us in the U.S. because of the paranoia of transmitting the coronavirus.” He’s not the only one facing this problem. Many people here in Fullerton are experiencing difficulties because of the COVID-19. Another 8th grader who attends this school, named Aiden Park has a dad who is currently overseas in Korea, working. His father has to limit the amount of places he can go to in Korea, and he has to avoid big crowds to stay safe. He is at risk of catching the virus, but he still has to work to earn money for his family.
Here is a list of travel advisories from Travel.State.Gov. Airports are vacant, and airplanes fly empty, and with lots of fear in the air about traveling, most people are probably gonna be staying home for Spring Break. Are you?