Schools in the U.K. for the most part, remain open, but some think this could be causing a bigger risk to family members that are vulnerable to the virus.
When one mom took the initiative to take her son out of school to protect his father, she didn't expect this to happen!
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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 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty189,758 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,518 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 5,243 more confirmed cases across the country and ninety-four deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, 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.
But despite the panic, schools remain open.However, some people think this is a bad idea, especially when their kids are coming home to high-risk family members.
One British mom took her eleven-year-old out of school.
Social distancing. Do your bit. https://t.co/d1Tl75sdTe— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@Dr Mike Galsworthy)1584434607.0
She's been warned by the headteacher she could be hit with a fine.The mom - who wants to remain anonymous - said she wrote a letter to the primary school informing them of her decision to safeguard his father, who is on injections that suppress his immune system.
She received a stock letter in return.
Ireland: Schools closed since last Friday. UK: Take your kids out of school and you risk being fined, even if you… https://t.co/VGYbriV4cd— Gerry 🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@Gerry 🇮🇪🇪🇺)1584371038.0
It had to be paid within twenty-one days.
Meanwhile, parents in the uk are still being told they’ll be fined if they take their kids out of school 🌚 https://t.co/1gLib7Wsvx— The Mighty Pting (@The Mighty Pting)1583945079.0
The woman lives with her family in Essex, England.
> Keeping schools open whilst advising against mass gatherings are not actions of a govt wanting to delay or suppre… https://t.co/mcKNSMhMvs— portia lawrie 💙🥀 (@portia lawrie 💙🥀)1584450130.0
These tougher measures will be discussed in Parliament this week.
Things our school has cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic: ▪Knitting club ▪Cake sale ▪Maths club ▪Magic Monday T… https://t.co/cHwbPU2ew1— portia lawrie 💙🥀 (@portia lawrie 💙🥀)1584393044.0
Geoff Barton, the head of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
"The most immediately pressing challenge is the difficulty in keeping schools open with growing numbers of staff ha… https://t.co/GQgOgR8KZb— Geoff Barton (@Geoff Barton)1584397142.0
The woman first emailed the school last month.
#ascl2020 https://t.co/e5tYOabG8S— ASCL (@ASCL)1584368605.0
Her partner is an at-risk individual.
I guarantee you have a friend or coworker that you don’t know is immunocompromised— G. L. DiVittorio (@G. L. DiVittorio)1584309774.0
Macron showing the kind of leadership we can only dream of from the moron we have in charge. https://t.co/74LARCYXTp— portia lawrie 💙🥀 (@portia lawrie 💙🥀)1584386774.0
She expressed her disappointment with the school.
Bit of a Catch-22 here. We can't grow to believe that it’s perfectly acceptable for a stranger to censure and punis… https://t.co/A1FBf2Cu87— Sawney Mor (@Sawney Mor)1584308046.0
Other parents in the area have taken the same protocols.
Many parents have taken to social media to vent their frustration.
Dear @GavinWilliamson could you please advise schools to keep high risk individuals at home?My weekend has been spe… https://t.co/Ymo8KKRdMM— Karam Bales (@Karam Bales)1584299213.0
A spokesperson for the Department of Education said...
@celtjules66 Just rang the 2 secondary schools mine attend. Both are sticking with govt guidelines. Keeping them of… https://t.co/Mn8upbwAsB— #BlackLivesMatter 💙 #StarmerOut #JohnsonOut (@#BlackLivesMatter 💙 #StarmerOut #JohnsonOut)1584359002.0
A source said it was a fast-moving situation.
Song for the Gov... #BreakTheChain of contagion. Let me take my child from school without threats of fines, introdu… https://t.co/byjNsJE4fh— Linz Connell-Barbour (@Linz Connell-Barbour)1584361635.0