Covid-19

What are businesses doing to help?

Story by Gabriela Odisio, Opinion Editor

In the decades to come, our generation’s children will be tested in school about the economic and social implications of the 2020 pandemic caused by an unusual virus. Shaped like a crown when viewed under a microscope, its Latin-derived name mentions such an aspect by the use of the word corona jointly with virus.

Originating in the sub-provincial city of Wuhan in Eastern China, the Covid-19 was spread to humans after the consumption of bat-based dishes, as such animals are known to be exquisite reservoirs for a myriad of diseases. Initially spreading out over Eastern Asia, the virus quickly reached the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, until finally reaching the Americas in a course of less than five months. 

Spread by person-to-person contact and respiratory droplets once infected people cough or sneeze, the virus has taken astronomic proportions in terms of government interference, as over 27 countries have closed borders to foreign incomers, apart from all others closing restaurants, nightclubs, public areas, and offices until further notice to detain its proliferation. 

The U.S. isn’t excluded from the list of nations with heavy governmental responses, as restrictions were placed on international traveling classes, food services, and public activities.  At Boca High, school isn’t expected to resume until April 15th -by its earliest- and all families are advised to stay inside and not congregate in groups larger than ten people. 

As entire countries declare emergency states, an undeniable panic has been felt in the general public, making itself visible in the rapid emptying of supermarket shelves and unavailability of simple items such as hand sanitizers and toilet paper rolls. 

To assist the population in this time of difficulty, big businesses have mobilized their efforts for a greater cause. For example, the Brazilian beer company, Ambev, has turned one of its brewery facilities into a sanitizer plant to produce alcohol-based sanitizer gel bottles and plans to deliver the products to hospitals in the country’s largest cities where coronavirus cases seem to be focused.

Similarly, the famous fashion company Louis Vuitton has also declared that it will use its cosmetics facilities to manufacture disinfectant gel and distribute it all across France, where sanitizing products are increasingly insufficient. 

Helping how it can, Facebook is also doing its part in combating the coronavirus’s economic implications. Earlier this week, a $100 million plan was presented by the company, where cash grants and ad credits would be given to small businesses being impacted by the pandemic.

Despite all controversies and allegations of media sensationalism,  Covid-19 is leaving permanent marks in many countries such as China, Italy, and Iran, and must be taken seriously by all. While major businesses are assisting in whichever ways they can, tiny shifts in social behavior are also enough to make a change. Regardless of minor inconveniences, governmental directions must always be followed in order to ensure the safety of all.

 

For official updates on coronavirus public protocol, access the link attached below.

https://www.myboca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=630

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