The year 2021 has started with an unfortunate event that has been continuously brought from the previous year which was the dreaded pandemic, COVID-19. The sudden huge wave of virus attacks from early 2020 had been hard to take by everyone and especially those in the United States of America. Living in an originally wide continent, people of the United States remained in the borderline of being extremely casual and in denial of what is happening and also there are the rest who are unnecessarily panicking over the smallest things possible.
When the World Health Organization (WHO) had announced officially in regards of the newly-found infectious virus that has been widely spread at that point of time, they have heavily notified everyone across the globe to take definite precautions in making moves where there are public people everywhere. Some of the steps that everyone should be doing habitually until now and possibly in the future as well as to avoid any unneeded urgencies, the general public is advised to leave at least 1 meter apart from another individual, to frequently sanitise and wash hands and to strictly avoid making any skin contacts with surfaces as to prevent touching virus-contaminated areas, and most importantly, to routinely put on a face mask every time you are to go out where there are many people. All of these precautions are for your well beings. As the virus can be transmitted rapidly via water droplets, we are strongly told to avoid sneezing and coughing in public because it might endanger other parties.
By March 2021, there were nearly 29 million cases of COVID-19 and 530000 deaths caused by the lethal infection. The country has been terribly easy going when they were making statements regarding this matter and the most prominent speech by-then prime minister Donald Trump downplayed the virus as a widespread that is just like normal flu. He also commented positively and confidently that it will be gone by Easter that year. The presidential figure who was supposed to be leading the country responsibly uttered such claims belittling the virus lethality and that impacted the way Americans see this matter; nothing serious at all.
The virus happened to escalate rather quickly as it started unknowingly to the public during the Christmas eve. As many people have already booked and bought their plane tickets to travel the world during the magical festivity, a huge mass of them had contracted the virus from various places such as the airports and the planes itself, the crowded places and also certain types of food they consumed.
The United States has worked towards COVID-19 testing very slowly. Many of those who have been tested positive were let go to roam the public places as they still did not impose any regulations to those who have been infected. Even private institutions had to wait in line to be approved by the Food and Drugs Administration causing domino effects of delay towards the others. Those who have been positively tested should have been placed in isolation or quarantine rooms which have to be catered for one person per room. This period of alone-time is supposed to last at least by 14 days (two weeks) so that medical officers can keep close monitoring of the symptoms the patients are showing. However, even the tracing of people who have gone in and out of the country is not adequately run by the supposed party. This means every effort put to disseminating this virus might have gone to waste as many others are not admitting themselves as one of the patients.
There are strict standards of procedures specifically to be followed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those are essentially standing a few meters apart, washing hands regularly and wearing a face mask wherever they go. However, there are too many updates all at once by the official health ministers saying that wearing a mask is never needed unless you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. This has made a lot of Americans choose not to wear one. There were even protests of them wanting to have a freedom in choosing whether to wear it or not.
As this writing goes, there are more cases that have been notified. However, the government and the now prime minister, Joe Biden have been making good progress in importing vaccinations for the people. Unlike other countries who are still struggling to prevent people from getting infected, the USA has been able to prove that vaccinated people can give significant drop in the virus spread. Because of this, more people believe that the vaccines are working out. However, people are still advised to retain the regulations such as social distancing and all. Work industries should also put extra attention to this matter. We can all take companies such as Home Painters Toronto and many others who have been making online consultations and bookings available right away to prevent needless meet-ups. It is said that even if coronavirus is to be cured one day, maintaining the SOPs can be a good idea for daily routines.