COVID-19: Will This Ever End?

Marinn Peters

   Will this pandemic ever end? That is the question 328.2 million people in the United States are asking. COVID-19, or The Coronavirus, has become one of the most serious virus outbreaks in history. It has caused schools to shut down, masks and shields to be used, overflowing hospitals, and almost 200,000 deaths in the U.S. and over 31 million deaths worldwide. In simple terms, COVID-19 is an updated version of the flu but unlike the U.S., other countries were able to contain the virus early off because the testing kits dispersed in the U.S. were unfortunately faulty.

     According to The Washington Post, “On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China.” “‘We’re in good hands,” a public health official who participated in the call wrote in the email to colleagues.’” That is what health officials thought at the being of the outbreak in China. Little did they know that the health kits dispersed throughout the country would be untrustworthy and greatly unreliable. Since this was the “hope” to contain COVID-19 there was a question on what to do next. Unfortunately, “the most recent congressional rescue package featured $25 billion for testing,” says The Washington Post and it failed.

    In response to this outbreaks started all over the country and as of right now almost 200,000 have died in the U.S. “COVID-19 has taken more American lives in 1 month than the Vietnam War claimed over 8 years, The New England Journal of Medicine states. That is a significant number of people and there is still no cure. 

     Medical Professionals and scientists must now work together to come up with a solution to this before much more is lost. Until then, masks will be hurting everyone’s ears, but by wearing masks you are helping do your part in protecting others and helping stop COVID-19.