One of the biggest events in the sporting calendar has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus. With the fear that it could prove to be a breeding ground, the WWE has decided to place a strict ban on fans being in the arena during Wrestlemania 36. The decision comes after the President declared the disease to be a national emergency. However, the show must go on, but the lead-up segments on Friday Night Smackdown have just proved how important audiences are for wrestling events.
Keep scrolling for the video of John Cena and The Fiend trash-talking each other in an empty arena and try not to cringe while watching it...
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.
Now almost 200,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty184,037, 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.
The attempts to contain the virus 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, 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 4,743 more confirmed cases across the country and ninety-three 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.
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. But since flights have been heavily disrupted because of this virus, it doesn't seem like that's going to be a problem right now.
Yep, things are beyond serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it but it's important to remain calm in these sorts of situations. Think about things rationally, and we'll make it through this.
However, one of the biggest American events of the year is going to suffer tremendously from the outbreak...
The event has been moved from Tampa to WWE's Performance Center in Orlando.
And even then, no fans will be allowed in the center.
Fans had been anticipating the match as the company had spent the past few months building on their rivalry.
"Why?" I hear you ask... Have a look for yourselves:
Thoughts on this segment to an empty audience #Smackdown https://t.co/rt5PmKt1py— TheOneAndOnlyLeage (@TheOneAndOnlyLeage)1584151690.0