According to the World Health Organization,the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is an infectious disease. People who are infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness. People who have an underlying medical problem will likely develop serious illness. Originating from China, it has quickly spred all around the world.Get Started!
Before the COVID-19 outbreak the United States was doing pretty good, businesses were running as usual. Now the whole country is at a state of panic. It all started when a few cases started to show up. Then the number of cases started to increase, and you started to see more and more people wearing face masks. Then as the media started to cover this out break more things started closing. Toilet paper and water started to disappear from the shelves. Small business started closing then eventually bigger business started to close as well. Then social distancing became a thing and the stay at home orders started to show up. And here we are now, the United States now has the most cases of COVID-19, schools, restaurants, theaters, parks are closed, and the unemployment rate is skyrocketing all in the matter of 4 months.
From the moment I am writing this, so far millions of people across this nation have lost their jobs or are temporarily unemployed. According to CNBC , the COVID-19 economic freeze could cost 47 million jobs and send the unemployment rate past 32%. According to NBC news 22 million people filed for unemployment last month. This is affecting all kinds of people, from low income to high income families. For example, the more people go on unemployment and stay on unemployment means more and more people are struggling to pay their everyday bills and buy food.
Then comes in the $2 trillion stimulus checks that are supposed to be coming to every American. Those checks can only do so much for an individual and for so long. Even then according to NBC news people are having all kinds of issues getting that check. Things from the money going into different or wrong accounts, the money going to people that have already deceased, and banks withholding the money for those who’s bank accounts had an insufficient funds.
There is still some people who are fortunate enough to still have their jobs but most of them come with the same price. They are risking their lives and their families lives everyday they go to work. There are people who work in grocery stores that have to deal with a lot of people freaking out and buying things like crazy. There are mail men and women and truck drivers that are risking themselves delivering the mail and online orders people are ordering.This is also effecting people working in the oil field. There is no work so people are losing there jobs, and oil plants are shutting down. The only bright side to any of that is the gas prices are dropping like crazy but you cant go anywhere anyway. And lastly, this is effecting all of the healthcare workers who are in the frontline taking care of people who either have COVID-19 or who are just sick.
Even though things are looking really bad for the U.S. right now things are slowly getting better. According to NBC news there are doctors who are seeing the curve of the number of cases flattening so this means that slowly but surely things are getting better. But for now all we can do is do our best to stay strong as a nation and keep clean.
The Coronavirus has effected a lot of things and people. But what is most heartbreaking to me is the families it has effected, especially those with essential workers. These essential workers may have kids or people who have a underlying health condition that they have to worry for. For more of an inside I interviewed a family where the Dad of the house hold is the essential worker. This is what the Mendez family had to say.
The 3 kids and young adults living in the house hold had plenty to say about their dad still having to work during these uncertain times. But they all had the same common statement. They knew that their dad needs to go to work to provide for the family, they understand. They aren’t scared though, they said that they trust their dad is taking the necessary measures to keep them and himself safe.
The mother and or wife of the house hold had a different point of view. Like the others she said that she knows her husband needs to work for the goodness of the family and she also knows that he is taking the necessary precautions. However, she is still worried that he might get the virus unknowingly and bring it home. She says she doesn’t like to think or talk about it but it always is in the back of her mind.
Grocery stores used to be just a place where you can get essential things at your leisure. Now they have practically turned into a war zone. I talked to an HEB worker who works curbside to get a first-hand look of what is happening. She said that before the virus, on a normal day they would fill 300-400 orders day. Her only busy days would be Sunday and Monday. She said once the virus hits it’s like everything changed.
She said that the hardest time was the first week when the outbreak happened. Things got scary crazy because people truly went into a panic. She just said it was hard to get the people all the material they were demanding. Now, for a while she says they easily fill 400 orders each day. Despite all of the craziness she got through it and says that it’s a lot better.
HEB is treating her right, they do take care of their employees. They provide face masks for their employees to keep them safe from themselves and others around. The customers however a kind of a different story. She says that she hasn’t experienced it first-hand, but she has had some coworkers that have told her stories. There have been incidences where customers have been aggressive about not having certain items. They have been cursed at and given rude comments for not having the name brand things.
Despite this there have also been some really nice people. She said some people have donated pizzas and other things as a thank you for being an essential worker. She says that the kindness of these people really does make a difference. She has said that now things are starting to slow down. They are getting in more things and people have either calmed down or have bought everything they needed. She says she definitely sees the light at the end of the tunnel as long as they keep taking precautions.
During these uncertain time its well known that the best thing you can do to keep you and other safe is to stay at home. That can be pretty tough because after a while you might run out of things to do. If you’re anything like me and you need to be doing something at all times, I have created a list of different activities that you can do. Some of these things you can use your everyday house hold items and others you might need to order curbside for.
These are just some of many things to do to keep yourself occupied during this quarantine. If you think of any more send me an email on the contact take and I’ll add it to the list!
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