Disney Closes California Parks Through End of March Due to Coronavirus | 22 Words

Amid Coronavirus fears, Disney has decided to close its California parks, Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland, beginning March 14th through the end of the month. Due to the rapid spread of the disease across the world, health officials have warned citizens not to gather in large groups where infection is likely, and as we all know, nothing draws crowds quite like Disneyland.

As of today's messaging, Disneyland Resort hotels will stay open until March 16 to aid guests in finding new accommodations.

Read on to hear more about coronavirus and what this means for Disney-goers...

We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 4,638 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 126,620 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, 1,016 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and thirty-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...

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As they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

Declaring an emergency will enable the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...

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And will allow nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

And it seems that there is a reason for people to really start panicking.

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The BBC reported yesterday on the 11th of March that the coronavirus has been officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.

People all around the world have descended into mass hysteria.

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It's a dire situation.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

And, despite all of this...

Our President still insists that the coronavirus crisis is "under control".

Many people have been calling out the President for his blaze attitude regarding the pandemic...

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And have been urging for him to take the crisis "more seriously".

But now, he may have no choice but to take the virus seriously...

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Because he may now be a victim of the coronavirus himself.

Donald Trump has potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.

News has just come in that a Brazilian spokesperson, Fabio Wajngarten has been tested as positive for the coronavirus.

Over the weekend, Wajngarten had direct contact with the President...

And Mike Pence. An official statement is yet to be released about the President's wellbeing.

And now, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure are closed.

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This is only the fourth time ever in the history of Disneyland that the park has shut down. The other three times? Just after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the day after JFK's tragic assassination and following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake.

Today, The Walt Disney Company released the following statement:

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“While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time." So there you have it, folks. Time to power up your TVs and get your fix with Disney+ until the parks re-open. Happy binging...