The coronavirus outbreak has led to an ongoing climate of anxiety, panic, and tragedy. But for the first time since it began at the start of the year, we may finally have some good news.
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Over 200,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty208,582, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 8,312 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 7,636 more confirmed cases across the country and 171 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, last week, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
This was the President's first smart move.
via: GettyBecause, up until then, he had been worryingly relaxed about the whole situation.
Instead of addressing the crisis and taking action like other world leaders...Trump has been resorting to his usual tactics, such as blaming the panic on the "Fake News Media".
And at one point, he even compared the pandemic to the common flu.And suggested that, because nowhere closed down over the flu, nowhere should close over the coronavirus.
Trump's downplaying of the situation hasn't only been embarrassing...
via: GettyBut it's been a severe endangerment to the lives of millions of people all over the country. So many Americans are still being denied the right to health care during this daunting time - Something seriously needs to change.
So, understandably, he has come under serious fire for his handling of the pandemic.
@realDonaldTrump You’re calling governors snakes and Fredo. Same old tricks. This country is being led by insanity.… https://t.co/fCfQAhUDnd— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@Hoodlum 🇺🇸)1584452227.0
During a press conference on Sunday, Trump stumbled his way through yet another embarrassing speech...
via: GettyWhere he simply told Americans to "relax", adding that "we're doing great" and have "tremendous control" of the virus.
He repeatedly stressed the fact that he has control of the virus...
via: GettyWhich is funny considering that our coronavirus cases are rising every single day. "We're learning from watching other countries, frankly. This is a very contagious virus, it's incredible, but it's something that we have tremendous control over."
As you can imagine, people were not impressed.
via: GettyAnd actor, Chris Evans, was one of them.
Evans took to Twitter to express his distaste for the President's speech...
The president just ran off stage after his rambling press conference without answering a single question. America w… https://t.co/bYHkljrZft— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1584312375.0
But now, Trump seems to have had a change of tone.
via: GettyBecause his most recent speech has received the utmost praise and respect.
In a recent interview, he was asked what message he had to all the Americans currently suffering in the coronavirus and self-isolation pandemic...
.@realDonaldTrump's message to all Americans: "We love them, we're with them, we will not let them down!" https://t.co/l6Metor1gB— Steve Guest (@Steve Guest)1584551313.0
It was a refreshing change to his usual speeches.And he has finally shown some solidarity with his country. This is the kind of President we need.
And this morning, we were given more good news.
via: TwitterFor the first time since the global pandemic began, China’s National Health Commission reported no new domestic cases of the virus, NBC reports. Nonetheless, it does seem our struggles with the pandemic are far from over. Keep scrolling for all the celebrities who have been effected.