Seemingly overnight, a novel strain of coronavirus has spread to nearly every corner of the world. In late 2019, the emergence of this virus–aptly named COVID-19–has led to a palpable shroud of fear and anxiety, financial hardship, an immense strain on health care systems, and worst of all, over 40,000 deaths worldwide.
As it stands, there are stringent measures being taken by governing bodies at every level to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, both from a public health perspective as well as an economic one.
COVID-19 is highly contagious, and testing for the virus has become increasingly accessible as leaders in health and government have recognized the severe impacts of this disease on their respective constituencies. As confirmed cases continue to sky-rocket with no end in sight, misinformation surrounding COVID-19 seems to spread at an equally alarming rate. These misconceptions only lead to increased worry in an already alarming and highly sensitive situation.
Although the circumstances are bleak, our collective understanding of COVID-19 grows every day. As individuals, by continuing to learn about this disease, we equip ourselves with the tools to stay healthy, and in turn, we can reduce our confusion, fear, and stress.
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