As we all know by now, Sars-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19 or the coronavirus has infected 1,214,466* people, putting the entire world on hold. People have lost jobs and loved ones. Vacations are ruined and schools are closed. Countries like China, Russia, Italy, and Jamaica that took swift action to avoid spreading the virus or “flatten the curve” had success. However, the pandemic has been ravaging the US as the Atlantic predicted in 2018, with almost half a million cases and over 10,000 deaths.
Part of the reason the ‘rona is spreading so quickly in the United States is due to misguided information, but mostly due to the 10th amendment powers given to states in the Constitution. States seem to be on different pages about how they try to flatten the curve. The state of Virginia has a statewide stay-at-home order until June 10, while Massachusetts is only until May 4. Now three weeks into their stay at home order, some cities in the state of California have already ended their school year and residents are starting to take their order more seriously – the state is in early stages of flattening the curve. While each state is exercising their 10th amendment rights in making their own lockdown regulations, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that nearly 250,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 if social distancing guidelines are not strictly enforced and followed.
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The inconsistency in how different states combat the coronavirus has sparked numerous theories linking the virus to 5G networks and pedophiles(??). References to the coronavirus in pop culture before 2020 have resurfaced, starting debates all over social media. A coronavirus is “a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat” (WebMD, 2020). When the virus was first introduced to us as coronavirus, it was not widely known that there are 7 known types of human coronavirus.
The term “corona” is a latin word that means “crown”, which refers to how the virus looks under a microscope. The most recent outbreak of human coronavirus before COVID-19 was the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. Symptoms of coronavirus are typically fever, cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, body aches, and shortness of breath, but people can be asymptomatic as well. In all cases – whether symptomatic or not – the possibility of spreading the virus is a big risk.
“Ride it out. Don’t do anything, just ride it out. And think of it as the flu.”– Dumbass Trump
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Regardless of where you are in the world right now it is extremely important for you to take the proper precautions for protecting yourself against the coronavirus. It’s only a matter of time until COVID-19 affects everyone in some way – whether you or someone you know is infected, you lose your job or home, or your spring plans are affected by travel bans.
To our black and brown readers: we are urging you to follow your state’s guidelines and STAY HOME. It’s not cute or edgy to put yourself and others in danger. We are already at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to medical care. This pandemic is going to change life as we know it, and we need to flatten the curve across the U.S.
To cope with the looming sense of doom and combat any cabin fever you might have, we have compiled a list of things you could do in your spare time:
- Develop a new skincare routine
- Home workouts: Youtube channels such as Popsugar have 30-minute aerobic exercise videos that you can use as a guide.
- Read a book or two: Rapper Noname Gypsy has a book club with two selections featured each month. Check the website for details on books and locations to buy them. Most books are available as a free pdf or on Audible & Kindle!
- Take FREE online courses: Download the Coursera app (iOS & Android) or iTunesU (iOS) to take courses on nearly any subject.
- Start journaling or writing: Combat anxiety and added stress by taking ten minutes a day to think about things or people you are thankful for. You can even describe things you accomplished that day. Try to list 5 of those things daily to keep your mindset positive. Plenty of writing prompts can be found on social media as well.
- File your taxes: The IRS will use direct deposit or mailing information from your last tax return to distribute stimulus checks to Americans. Make sure your information is current. Companies like TurboTax and CreditKarma have free and low cost options for filing online!
- Analyze your birth chart: If you believe in astrology you’d learn something about yourself. If not, you’re in for a good laugh.
- Make art – find a creative outlet to reduce stress and tension!
- Take a walk around your block. Enjoy nature, Just protect yourself in the process.
- Join a dating app: We are ALL that bored.
This pandemic is capable of taking so much from all of us and we at Paper Koi want you to stay healthy and sane during this chaotic time. Please STAY HOME before this virus hits home for you. Follow the guidelines set by your governor or country & listen to the real experts!
*as of April 6, 2020
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