Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be aware that the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc across the world - and things only seem to be getting worse.
As everyone prepares to be in isolation for the next few weeks (hopefully it's only weeks!), they are finding methods to keep themselves busy and calm. Josh Gad is now reading bedtime stories for children in isolation and we can't help but love him for it.
Keep scrolling to see some of his videos...
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.
Nearly 200,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty183,852, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,182 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 over 7000 more confirmed cases across the country and 116 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyLast 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.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
via: GettyWhich prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
Amid the outbreak, there's been a lot of talk about "at-risk groups" and "underlying health conditions."
via: ShutterstockAll of which can make someone more at risk of the virus, and make the symptoms even more serious. While we know that for many of us, the virus can have mild symptoms, there are some groups where matters can be much more severe.
We know that elderly people, for example, are more at risk...
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday significantly ramped up California's response to coronavirus, calling for the closure o… https://t.co/0Pekscpvwv— Los Angeles Times (@Los Angeles Times)1584306934.0
That's why it is important to self-isolate until the issue is back under control.
via: Getty ImagesAs schools around the world close as a precautionary measure, more and more children will be forced to stay indoors and try to spend their time in a productive manner.
However, that might be difficult for some...
via: Getty ImagesSo Josh Gad has taken it upon himself to read bedtime stories and post the videos on Twitter so that parents can play it to their children to keep them calm.
And we love him for it!
via: Getty ImagesGad, who voices Olaf in Disney’s Frozen movies, has received an outpouring of love and support for doing such a kind thing. I mean, these are pretty scary times and we all deserve to take our minds off things for a while when possible.
Check out one of his posts:
https://t.co/sfmkV5deeS— Josh Gad (@Josh Gad)1584486055.0