Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first broke out in the Wuhan Province of China earlier this year anxieties surrounding the pandemic have grew. Countrywide closures have taken place in an effort to stipulate further spread of the virus.
On Friday, March 13 President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency in the United States allowing the federal government access to $50 billion set aside by congress for disaster relief.
In response to the continual reports of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. people have been buying stores out of products like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, leaving many without extra stock.
In an effort to cap the spread of COVID-19 under the nations health care capacity, public officials, companies and celebrities all have been announcing the cancelation of numerous events.
For the first time in U.S. history multiple states have barred access to public places and officials have closed down educational systems in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus.
Multiple countries, like Italy, have imposed country wide quarantines barring international travel and advising citizens to remain at home. Over the past two weeks President Trump has sanctioned travel bans to multiple countries in Europe including Spain, France and numerous others. Travel restrictions also include Iran, China and South Korea.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that certain adults who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes appear to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
The CDC also suggest that any public event with 50 or more people attending should be postponed for at least the next eight weeks.
Their are currently over 3,700 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Check this interactive map to see continual updates in real time.
For more reports regarding the virus, including information for medical professionals, laborites and guidance for travelers visit the CDC’s site.
The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.
For more information regarding COVID-19 check out this document.
Bellow are a variety of explainer points on facts surrounding prevention and treatment of COVID-19 as well as a variety of lists including notable countrywide closures so far.