The virus, still in full effect and having taken a lot from everyone, has not deterred the human spirit, with the world slowly beginning to make a combined effort to help the global population against the virus. This has helped make the situation for many bearable, with these kinds of aid coming in many and multiple forms.
In Colorado Springs, there have been two instances of help that have made headlines in the state of Colorado. The first is of a lone individual, given the alias of ¨TP Ninja¨, where he has been delivering toilet paper in his signature TP mask since the 24th of March, and as of yet the individual has remained anonymous while also delivering the much needed TP. The second comes from YouTubers Andrew Scites and Justin Stuart, who earlier in October bought $5,000 worth of toilet paper, with the abundance of toilet paper now being donated to senior living homes.
In many countries of the world, traveling is heavily restricted, but many people still find a way to travel even if it's not advised. In the Mexican state of Guerrero, a group of vigilante and the local population have created checkpoints to stop foreign tourists from entering their beaches, preventing the spread of the virus. Although xenophobic, this act is one of the many ways to prevent the virus from spreading to uninfected areas.
Many businesses have also entered the fray, with many companies aiding governments and communities. Amazon has set aside $7 million to communities and also deliver test kits, Apple has sent 20 million masks for health workers across the whole United States, Audible has provided their stream services for educational and children books, Beyond Meat has been donating 1 million beyond burgers to healthcare workers and hospitals.
There are many more examples of heroic actions made by individuals, organizations, and companies, but this goes to show that as a species, humans can work together towards a common goal for the good of all.
The Wuhan Coronavirus has spread to Australia, Japan, and the United States, with 13 other countries also having the virus. Recent numbers of cases worldwide stand at 4,581, with 106 people having died in China. The world is now starting to worry if this virus will be the start of a new pandemic.
The first reported outbreak was in December 2019, where the most likely starting point was at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, shuttered on January 1st, located in the capital of Hubei province, Wuhan. The market was a well known, wet market where consume buy live and dead animals, like bats, snakes, dogs, civets, and more, including the suspected food that started the outbreak, bats.
The Chinese government has quarantined the city of Wuhan, with public transportation, ride hailing services, and travel outside of the city being restricted. China has also restricted international travel during the Lunar New Year, financial markets are to remain closed until February 3rd, and China has also banned the trade of live animals in an effort to combat the virus.
In the United States there has been 5 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 2 from California, 1 from Arizona, 1 from Illinois, and 1 from Washington. There are also people under investigation with 73 cases still pending. In California, the 2 cases confirmed are in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, brought by tourists who visited Wuhan.
The virus is a pneumonia like virus, with its symptoms being mild to severe respiratory illness, and is spread via coughs or sneezes from infected individuals. There are no cures to combat this new strain of Coronavirus. The best way to avoid it is to avoid anyone who is infected, and to cover your mouth and nose with a face mask to avoid transmission.
The virus will not be able to kill anyone outside of China, with treatment and adequate precautions the virus should be unable to cause any harm to any other nations. Updates on the virus are posted on the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page, with the outbreak being heavily monitored by the World Health Organization.
Talk about war with Iran is a hot topic with memes about this threat being circled around the internet through social media platforms like Instagram, Reddit, and Tik Tok, with people questioning if this conflict could actually be enough to bring back the infamous draft implemented during the Vietnam War, and an answer to the question is that any conflict with Iran is very unlikely.
Beginning the first week of 2020 there were reports that an airstrike ordered by President Trump in Iraq killed Major Iranian General Qasem Soleimanil. Following this, Iran launched their own airstrike on U.S. bases in Iraq as a form of retaliation to the death of the general. Then a Ukrainian aircraft was shot down after Iranian troops “mistook” it for a missile, or aircraft which angered the international community for the death of 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians which added up to the death toll of 150 people. The Iranian government has also been shutting down protests on this ̈mistake ̈ by shooting their own civilians to stop them from protesting the plane crash which killed their own people.
Said conflict will never come to fruition, due to the United States being the bigger player, with any conflict either being technological with drones, or traditional boots on the ground warfare resulting in a clear American win. A draft would be out of the question, with the U.S. active and reserve army totaling around 2.1 million with that force alone being able to crush any Iranian resistance.
Any worries of imminent war should be of limited concern to anyone with the likelihood of any confrontation with Iran, being an infeasible conflict for either side.