How countries are dealing with COVID-19

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One of the biggest questions the world has had during this pandemic is what is the best way of dealing with the spread of a virus? Different countries have had different restrictions, and some have acted later than others, but who is dealing with the Coronavirus the most effectively?

One thing we all know for sure is that we don’t exactly know when this pandemic will end. Many rumors have circulated, some believing it will only be a couple more weeks and some believing it will last an entire year. China, however, started lifting restrictions only to put them back in place again.

Forbes predicts that social distancing may end around Easter Time, but the World Health Organization (WHO), warns against lifting restrictions too soon, so restrictions may last a little longer.

The United States acted later than most, and because some people aren’t taking social distancing seriously, states are now considering lockdowns. Utah has yet to announce a lockdown, however a countrywide lockdown is currently in place which has issued closing of all non-essential businesses according to KUTV. Salt Lake County has also issued a “stay-at-home” order.

The app “Zoom” has received a surge of downloads, and is super popular in America. Zoom is being used for schools, businesses, etc. Even celebrities like Jimmy Fallon are using Zoom for media like the Tonight Show, which is also spreading awareness for social distancing.

Hillcrest student Allie Jones said this about Zoom, “I have a love/hate relationship with Zoom,” later going on to say, “I think I’m still learning as much, but there is something to be said about being in an actual classroom.”

As of right now, the United States is leading with the number of confirmed cases, being 236,221. More stats of other countries include: Italy-115,242; China-81,589; Spain-110,238; Germany-83,751 and France-56,989. To see updates on this data and other statistics like deaths and those who have recovered visit https://www.google.com/covid19-map/

The reason why China is recovering so quickly from the spread of the virus is because of extreme limitations. Once the virus was detected in Wuhan, the city and cities around that area were almost instantly quarantined, and even roads were blocked according to www.nature.com. The country’s 760 million people were confined to their homes as well. 

The only new cases that have been detected in China as of recent have come from foreign travelers. The United States however hasn’t even suspended all flights yet. 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water, avoiding touching your face, distancing yourself from others, covering your coughs and sneezes, wearing a facemask if you’re sick and cleaning and disinfecting. For more information visit www.cdc.gov.