You have heard it before, you know it by name, ground shaking and consuming every aspect of your daily life … it’s the Coronavirus! In the event that you do not know what this global pandemic is, allow me to enlighten you, “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus” (WHO, 2020). Symptoms of this disease include mild to moderate respiratory illnesses (flu-like stuff). However, older folks and those with underlying illnesses don’t get off so easily and can result in serious illness or in some cases death if contacted with this virus. Currently, there are up to 414,098 cases of infected people and 18,543 cases that have resulted in death (Worldmeter, 2020).
Due to the speed of the spread of this virus and the vastness of cases, the government has recommended national “social distancing.” The hope behind this is that If people stay indoors and away from each other this will halt the spreading of the virus and allow the city to be “sanitized”. Although there is not a national Quarantine mandate (yet), most businesses, schools, organizations, restaurants, and more have either closed down or are operating on limited production. This has all led to many different reactions globally. And we are describing this very odd time in history as ~ Quarantinication ~ is it a quarantine, is it a vacation, is it a pandemic, we don’t know! But let’s find out together.
Everyone is experiencing different sides to this pandemic, some are getting closer to their fur friends, some are struggling to get over this social isolation, and others are trying to find ways to stay healthy. Along with any global topic there are loads of crazy myths that arise about what is going on, what is true and what is just plain bs? And many questions pop up that bring us to be curious as to why the world reacts in certain ways. Like do you really need to buy 3,000 rolls of toilet paper sir? Also, what is the government doing during all of this? What is our universities’ response? We want to shed light on very important topics and bring a personal touch to these crazy crazy times.
Stay healthy, love on your people a little harder (from a distance of course), and WASH YOUR HANDS!
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Watch Ryan Martin’s video here on social distancing and his experience with the quarantine.
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