The corona-virus from Wuhan,China after infecting the Chinese people, quickly spread from the Asia Pacific region to North America. Then it infected people around the world . Now more than 180 countries have been infected, more than two million people have been diagnosed with corona-virus and more than one hundred and thirty thousand people have lost their lives.
In order to reduce the spread of the virus, many countries stipulated travel restrictions, ports were closed , and all major events, schools, factories, commercial activities, movie theaters, restaurants, gyms, beaches, and all public places were closed. Many countries have a “Home Quarantine Order” requiring all people to stay at home, not to go out. Therefore, tens of thousands of people lost their jobs. Many big and famous cites that used to be happy and crowded, now are empty. The whole world seems frozen. The sudden virus disrupted the way of usual life. More unfortunately, leaders and famous artists in many countries are also infected. The Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson was taken to intensive care because of his deteriorating condition.
By the middle of April in the United States, more than six hundred thousand people have been infected .more than twenty thousand have died. The virus has killed more people than six wars combined in the United States. From government officials to civilians all are at risk of infection. The whole world is gripped by anxiety and frustration. Many families are in the throes of mourning lost loved ones. On a CNN broadcast, we saw Joseph Lewinger, the 42-year-old principal of Mary Louis Academic say goodbye to his wife on the phone before he died. His wife played the same music they had played at their wedding for him, she thanked him for all he had done and said he is best husband she could ever have. From the video, their tears and cries, we can deeply feel the pain and helplessness. We can feel the pain of the families who have lost their loved ones due to the pandemic.
In America during this global pandemic, we saw the good side of people, but we also saw the ugly side. In the early days of the outbreak some people snapped up all the medical supplies such as masks, hand sanitize and tissues,so medical staff didn’t have enough protective supplies . During the outbreak, some shops are selling medical supplies at very high prices. Same people snapped up everyday items such as rice, flour, eggs, canned food,etc, resulting in other people not being able to buy them. There are also criminal groups that take advantage of this opportunity to engage in extortion. What an ugly and selfish act. But this is a rare occurrence in our society.
We also saw the good side of humanity during the outbreak. New York is one of the hardest hit cities in the US. They had an acute shortage of health care workers. But soon, forty thousand retired health and medical students with six thousand psychologists volunteer for the New York epidemic prevention team. Many enterprises are working overtime to make the necessary medical devices. Some technology companies have developed rapid and accurate tests to contain and slow the spread . Joe Tavi an engineer at San Jose “Bloom Energy” he works day and night studying the mechanics of breathing machine, soon, Joe Tavi’s team repaired 500 breathing machines. There also have least 350 large, and small enterprises engaged with the scientific team for pandemic prevention. We also saw a lot of breathing machine support to New York, on the shipping box said “ All NEW YORK NEEDS IS LOVE” the message from California. More than hundreds of survivors of corona-virus in Houston and New York volunteered to donated plasma to help other seriously ill patients. Many cities provide free meal for children and health workers.
The U. S. government made policies to help families and businesses. The big pandemic on worldwide, it also is a first time in the United States, but from the government to the people, from medical staff to volunteers, from enterprises to individuals, it all show that the government and the people have one mind and one heart. The determination and courage to fight the virus together. People have very good self-discipline, many touching our heart things are happening, that show the excellent culture and quality of people, also show the ethos of American society and such a great country, such a great people. We will defeat the catastrophic virus together. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Submitted by Yuan “Wanda” Wang, Alameda County – Fremont.
This was submitted as part of the Education and Literacy Services Program at Alameda County Library.