COVID-19 Around the World

Sophia Gillespie

COVID-19 has been around in the United State of America since January 20, 2020. It was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and the end of it doesn’t seem very close. On December 1st, in Australia, there were only 8 cases, in New Zealand there were 3, and in the Bahamas had 7 on November 30th. China, where the virus was started, only had 9 cases on December 1st. Arkansas alone had 1,950. Why do Arkansas and the United States in general have so many cases when all these places have low numbers? 

In New Zealand, on March 26th, 29 days after the first case, they went into a Stage 4 lockdown. This meant that people had to stay at home, schools and universities were closed, as well as non-essential businesses, there was major reprioritization of health services, and air travel and public transport were only be for essential services. This lasted for 5 weeks. It slowly moved down, opening schools, allowing people to go back outside, non-essential businesses opened, and everything almost went back to normal. This all happened in the span of 7 weeks. They also made anyone coming in to stay in quarantine for 14 days before they were allowed into the country.

Arkansas however hasn’t done this, and our cases are still rising everyday. Arkansas has never really issued a stay-at-home order either. The governor of Arkansas even said that he didn’t think it was necessary because of its low density population. He did, however, when the first case of COVID-19 was found, close schools and increase the amount of testing. In school, we wear masks and it is recommended that we do so in store, but that doesn’t seem like it is as enforced as when covid-19 first hit.

It’s true that we don’t know when COVID-19 will end, but there are people working hard to make it so everyone is safe, we can get rid of it. Remember to wear your masks in public spaces and stay 6 feet apart if possible.