Coronavirus creates a crisis within a crisis

Karesha Buchanan, staff writer

The year 2020 has certainly started off with a bang. From World War 3 rumors to the (almost) raid of Area 51, we’ve seen some pretty fascinating events. Just when we thought the year was finally starting to look up, tragedy strikes again but this time in the form of a silent killer that no one saw coming. 

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that attacks the lungs and other respiratory organs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, and tiredness; and an infected person can expect to see symptoms from as soon as two days to as long as two weeks after being exposed to another infected individual or surface. Currently, organizations such as the World Health Organization and the CDC have put the world on pause after naming COVID-19 a global health pandemic in early March. Precautions include no gatherings of over 10 in some areas and no gatherings at all in most, and masks are to be worn when doing any outdoor activities to prohibit the spread of the virus especially when social distancing is not possible.

On March 11, President Trump encouraged stay home orders in an attempt to help with the prevention of the spread of COVID 19. Since then the nation’s coronavirus cases have tripled. Currently the United States has the highest number of cases over China, where the virus originated, and Italy which has seen more deaths than China. In an attempt to help the people of the US in this time of emergency, President Trump has issued government funded stimulus checks for the people of America to help with things like bills, food, and other expenses.