Gripped In Debacle Of Covid-19- America Needs A Healing
From the time of the Coronavirus outbreak, various conspiracy theories have been originated on almost every online platform. These theories also include false and baseless claims, but it is our duty to let everybody know people's exact actions in the United States.
This article will provide you with lots of facts, and in the end, you have to land up with your own sense. Our duty is to let people know about the facts. Coronaviruses are a big family of different viruses which commonly cause cold in humans.
Where Did COVID-19 Come From?
Among all the coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 leads to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS). The syndrome is common among COVID-19 patients.
The experts say the virus originated in bats which were sold in Wuhan’s open wet market of China. From there the virus spread among the humans and with the passing time, people of China and all over the world came into its trap.
On December 31, the government in Wuhan, China confirmed the treatment of dozens of cases of COVID-19. On January 11, China reported the first known death caused by the Coronavirus and the person was a 61-year-old and a regular customer at the market.
Arrival Of Coronavirus In The United States
Apart from China some other confirmed cases occurred in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, reports WHO. The confirmation report about the virus came just before one of China's biggest holidays. During this period millions of people from different countries including the United States travel across the country.
The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 occurred in the United States the next day when a man in his 30s started facing the symptoms of COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Wuhan. While the President Trump administration suspected entry of people in the United States, 213 people died and nearly 9,800 were infected globally.
Political Impact Of Coronavirus
Starting with the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, states the idea without evidence that COVID-19 might have originated in the United States. Additionally, he also claims that it might have been the United States Army that brought the virus to Wuhan.
After the Chinese government claims about the virus's possible origin: The United States, the US President Donald Trump referred to COVID-19 as "Chinese Virus." Followed by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, demanded China to stop spreading "disinformation."
Mr. Trump also announced to halt the funding for the World Health Organisation(WHO) as it has "failed in its basic duty," accusing WHO to be "very China-centric." But it was the UN's Chief, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said this is "not the time" to cut the fund. On 1st October, POTUS and FLOTUS were diagnosed with covid-19 after which, Mr. Trump was transfered to the Walter Reed Hospital in the suburbans of Washington.
'The Current Scenario'
So far 9.4 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States causing the death of 235,000 people. Almost 96,000 cases per day have been reported in the U.S. over the past week which is a jump of almost 54 per cent from the last week.
Cases in the United States are rising nationwide as uncontrolled infection by the virus continues to spread in the Upper Midwest and the Rocky Mountains. In New York, people fear being in clusters thinking that the virus could spread further.
In states like Utah, Montana, and Wyoming, new infections have been witnessed. New York reported the highest death toll in the country.
What Are The Psychological Effects Of COVID-19 On The U.S?
The disease, coronavirus, has led to stress, fear, and anxiety among people. Some necessary actions, such as social distancing have left people feeling lonely and isolated. This consequently increases stress and anxiety. However, actions are essential to lower the spread rate of COVID-19. The current situations have led to the following psychological unrest in people's mind:-
- Increased tension among people about the health of their family and loved ones.
- Fear of financial turbulence due to the pandemic.
- Change in sleeping and eating pattern due to the aforementioned points.
- Difficulty in sleeping and concentrating.
- Isolation and lack of movement has led to worsened chronic health problems.
- Increase in tobacco consumption and alcohol and drug abuse.
- The aforementioned factors collectively have spurred mental health disorders among maximum Americans.
The symptoms of anxiety and depression disorder are increased in the United States during April-June, 2020 compared to April-June 2019. 40.9% of the United States citizens have been found with at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.
Out of these 40.9% U.S citizens:-
- 30.9% of people exhibited symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder.
- 26.3% of people showed signs of trauma and stressor-related disorder(TSRD) related to the pandemic.
- 13.3% of the people are relying on substances to cope with the stress or emotions related to COVID-19.
- 10.7% of respondents have reported severe suicide rates. Out of this number, 25.5% of them were adults between 18-24 years, 21.7% of the workers and 30.7% were self-reported unpaid caregivers.
How To Help Yourself And Others From COVID-19?
While adopting new lifestyle habits, people might face difficulty and are helpless. It is necessary to take some major steps. The pandemic has led to a rampant state of unemployment in the country which has disturbed families throughout America.
However, there are still people who are living with gratitude for the abundance of resources around them throughout the pandemic.
Here are some practical ways that can help every human being to face this situation together, such as:-
- Stay at home and follow local social distancing guidelines.
- Blood banks are struggling to maintain the inventory of blood because of social distancing norms. Donate blood if possible.
- Help your local community with basic care packages or mutual aid groups.
- Everybody has their own potential. Provide help wherever you can as per your capability. Do not put a burden on yourself while helping others.
- According to studies (place the source link), 75% of non-profit groups are struggling financially due to pandemic. Thus, carefully spend your money on causes and businesses you believe in.
- Don't forget your loved ones while social distancing. If possible, try writing letters to your isolated friends and family members. This will help you and your loved ones escape mental health disorders to some extent.
- Practice self-care. Maintain a journal and write down all that might be troubling you. This is a proven way to vent down negative emotions.
- Avoid spreading misinformation. Reduce the consumption of tragic news that might take a toll on your peace. During this pandemic, people's mental status is susceptible.
According to the information science experts at City University of London, "Ideally, don't share anything that doesn't come directly from a trusted source." Additionally, they suggest not to share information you haven't read or a video you haven't seen.