COVID- 19 around the world


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Different countries handled the pandemic differently which shows how it effected the world

COVID-19 is approaching its one year anniversary and the initiation of schools closing and businesses shutting down. Many countries worldwide went on lock down as well. Leaving the house for only necessary items, families were forced to stay home to slow the spread. Because different countries handled their processes differently, there were an array of outcomes for the spread and containment of the virus.

Starting with the United States, in mid March, schools and businesses shut down for a two week period. As the virus spread and the numbers shot up, this two week quarantine turned into months.

Former President Donald Trump seemed hopeful and planned to send Americans back to school and work. Unfortunately, as the days went by, the virus took over and different states’ numbers sky rocketed.

The Trump administration worked to release tests and start the process to come up with a vaccine.

States like Texas and Mississippi have now started to open back up, while hotbed cities like New York and California remain mostly shut down.

Singapore and Taiwan had one of the best responses to the virus. According to TIME magazine the two countries combined only had 36 deaths resulting from COVID-19. First hearing about the virus, they acknowledged it and took many steps to prevent it from the start, being very careful to not have it spread.

Considering Taiwan never had any type of serious lockdowns, these protocols from the start seem to be the cause of the low numbers. They resorted to closing their borders and banning exports of surgical masks, rather than shutting down the economy.

TIME magazine stated when discussing their take on the virus, “…this forced low numbers, and the self run government used contact tracing and mobile Sim-tracking to identify and ensure those in quarantine were actually abiding by the rules.”

Like these countries, South Korea also saw success with slowing the spread of the virus, having a total of only 1,544 deaths as a country, with 85,567 cases. They used a different approach and focused on aggressively dealing with the smaller outbreaks of the virus before they became a threat to the rest of the population. By doing this, they were almost able to beat the virus before it became a serious problem in select parts of the country.

While they have developed a vaccine, the CNA, also known as Channel News Asia, reported, “South Korea says no link between deaths and COVID-19 vaccine.”

Oceania countries, Australia and New Zealand, quickly became world wide standouts when it came to handling the virus. Tallying just under 1,000 deaths between the two, they proved quickly they might have had the over all best approach to the virus.

Using managing tactics like opting for early measures to keep transmission at a minimum, which largely worked, limiting travel both outside and within it seemed to be what kept numbers so low. Prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, was one of the main world leaders that addressed the virus early on. By acknowledging COVID-19 right away, both countries had low numbers, and are slowly opening back up again.

The ability to examine how different parts of the world handled the start of the pandemic may serve as a lesson on how to handle this type of event in the future. Being so unknown and foreign, the early stages of COVID-19 created an environment of caution and apprehension.

Now that there is more data about what protocols work, countries and world wide relations can now use these precautions in case there is ever another pandemic to keep cases and deaths to a minimum.