The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a complete standstill.
As the death rates rapidly rise per day, more and more people are falling into a mass panic.
But it seems that not everyone is feeling this panic after recent scenes at a Florida beach.
Keep scrolling to find out more...
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.
Close to 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty183,309 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,177 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 4,094 more confirmed cases across the country and seventy-one 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.
The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...
via: GettyAnd it has been proven that locking down public areas and avoiding social situations has helped reduce the chances of spreading the already out of control virus.
But it seems that not everyone feels the need to abide by these suggestions...
via: WFLA News Channel 8Recent scenes at the Clearwater Beach in Florida shows that a lot of people have completely disregarded these global warnings.
Images from the white-sand beach showed spring breakers enjoying the sun this weekend...
via: WFLA News Channel 8And even though many beaches in this area have been closed due to the pandemic, visitors still flocked anyway.
Nothing seems to be stopping the spring breakers...
via: GettyAnd even police warnings haven't fazed the revelers.
Some people just don't quite realize the extent of this situation...With 149 positive cases of coronavirus in the state of Florida, many of whom are teens or in their early twenties, the Centers for Disease Control has advised that all events with more than 50 people attending should be canceled - meaning people need to start taking this very seriously.
People continued to flood beaches across Florida...
via: GettyCity Manager, Jimmy Morales, enacted the emergency measures over the weekend as party-hungry college students continued to travel to the popular spring break destination.