The affects of the Pandemic

At first, I thought it was a small virus that originated in China. China would be on lockdown, and it would go away. But when it reached Italy, France, Australia, etc., I started to think, “Wow, this might amount to something!” Then, when the virus came to America… I wasn’t worried. It only affected elderly people, and my immediate family couldn’t be affected, right? But then my Grandma came to visit from Peru, and now she can’t go back home because the entire country of Peru is on lockdown- no flights in or out. My dad’s friend Marco couldn’t get out of Peru, and we learned that you can’t even walk your dog past 10 meters away from your house! Then schools closed and we were quarantined, and “social distancing” became a thing. Coronavirus cases started popping up in Florida, and my mom came home one day from work at the hospital and told me that there were even cases in the hospital that she worked! 3.3 million people lost their jobs in one week (totaling 36 million now), people started hoarding toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and face masks, (causing a massive shortage) and the economy plummeted! Leading economic factors such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 3,000 points, as well as the S&P 500, which fell 11%. This is when I finally came to terms with the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.

My Grandma can’t go back home, entire countries are on lockdown, the American economy has ground to a complete halt, as well as countrywide paper shortages- Phew! Looking at how massive this has become, I can see now that we should be scared. Not only for our health, or that of our loved ones, but for everyone. The economy affects us all, and with travel on hold and the economy at risk, we need to be very careful with how we react to this pandemic.

Please… stay safe!

 

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/15/traders-await-futures-open-after-fed-cuts-rates-launches-easing-program.html

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821580191/unemployment-claims-expected-to-shatter-records