You may not know the meaning behind the acronym COVID-19. Here’s the breakdown: ‘co’ represents corona, “vi’ represents virus, ‘d’ represents disease, and 19 represents the year it began. The actual word ‘corona’ means crown in Spanish, because the virus that attaches to your body is said to look like a crown. The first case was identified in Wuhan, China on November 17, 2019; no one, at that time, knew how infectious the virus would become. Not many people in that area were cautious initially. Coronavirus was only recognized as a sickness in China, until it spread to America, Europe, and eventually the entire world.
In example, Vietnam has banned public gatherings of more than two people. Hong Kong has closed nightclubs, karaoke bars and mah-jongg parlors, and deployed health inspectors to check that restaurants are seating parties at least six feet apart. Sweden even tried to reject the virus and become ‘immune’ to it, this attempt failed and the death rates spiked. America was one of the last to began its quarantine and that is how our biggest waves struck here. Eventually restrictions were started: social distancing, shelter-in-place, a ban of social gatherings from groups of 100, to 70, to 50, to 30, getting lower and lower. The two biggest waves have occurred and the virus is slowly fading off, while bigger news has affected America making COVID-19 a smaller issue.
A 46-year-old, African American man, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by suffocation after being accused of using a fake 20 dollar bill for a box of cigarettes at a convenience store. The store worker told him it was counterfeit. Floyd ignored him and walked out. The cops were called and Officer Derek Chauvin held his knee to Floyds neck for 9 minutes. Later doctors confirmed George had a breathing problem already, but the police didn’t help. Instead, they killed him and held the crowd back. Research also concluded there were drugs in his body at the time of his death; this has not stopped the protests and riots from happening.
Hundreds of thousands of people gather day after day to protest and find justice for George Floyd. After a week of protests around the world, four cops were finally sentence to jail for 10+ years. The protests have not stopped because the equality and rights of Black lives is an issue that has not been solved for the past 400 years. Martin Luther King Jr., a Civil Rights Activist, was even assassinated in 1968. Fifty years later, lives are still being taken. Black Lives Matter is a cause that is on everyone’s minds right now. Many African-Americans live in fear in America. It’s up to all of us to change this truth and make our nation a safe place for all citizens.