Precautions increase as COVID-19 cases climb

The different parts and structure of the coronavirus.

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The different parts and structure of the coronavirus.

Jacob Toth, Staff Writer

The coronavirus has been causing lots of drama and confusion across the world. Schools are closed indefinitely, non-essential businesses are also closed, and most states have stay-at-home orders.

As of April 16, the worldwide total of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 2,113,226 with more than 140,000 deaths. In the United States, there are 657,720 cases with over 28,000 deaths. Finally, in Pennsylvania, there are 27,735 cases with 707 deaths. The good news is that worldwide, 537,475 people have recovered from COVID-19.

All of the counties in Pennsylvania are under a stay-at-home order until further notice. Many states are even on a lockdown. People are also receiving stimulus checks and unemployment money if they are not working. Over 10 million Americans are out of work.

People that are able to work during this pandemic are people working for life-sustaining businesses such as hospitals, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, post offices, etc.

In Pennsylvania, masks are required to be worn starting on Sunday. Masks can be purchased or made at home from a few simple things you can find around the house.

The cases are rising very quickly, and in Pennsylvania, it is going up more than 2,000 cases per day. The only way to keep yourself safe is to wear a mask when you go out, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and only go out when it is 100% needed.

Scientists are currently working on vaccines but they will not be ready for about a year because of testing. As time goes on there, will be more precautions to be taken as the number of COVID-19 cases increases, such as strict stay-at-home orders and only allowing a certain amount of customers in a store at one time.

The government and President Trump are working day and night to help slow down this epidemic in the United States and re-open the economy.

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