Over the past few months, fighting the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been the number one issue being focused on by the world. Scientists around the globe are racing to develop a vaccine to stop this dangerous virus, but, for now, there are a few things that cities are doing to mediate the spread of COVID-19. The following includes three things cities in the US are doing to fight the COVID-19 virus and protect their citizens.
In a time of crisis, such as right now, people are going to be looking to their government leaders for direction as to what to do next. Thus, many of the larger and even medium-sized cities in the United States are holding daily updates to inform their citizens. This is done to keep the population calm during these uncertain times and inform people about what to do next and how. Although the data is sparse and very new, it seems that these daily updates are actually helping to inform people properly.
Stay at Home Orders
One of the top recommendations presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization is for people to remain at home as much as possible. This, of course, is to limit the spread of the virus, which can lead to the overcrowding of local hospitals if too many people become sick at once. Cities across the United States have taken this recommendation very seriously and have even applied it to laws. Violating these orders carries harsh penalties in California. Although a controversial move, it has been seen by many as a necessary tactic to encourage people to remain indoors.
Mandatory Use of PPE
Many of the ordinances being placed in cities include restrictions on leaving home. People should stay in unless they need to go out for an essential reason, such as shopping for food, filling up the car tank, or assisting someone who is elderly. Many cities across the United States have also added an additional requirement, which includes the mandatory use of PPE in a public building. PPE, or personal protective equipment, includes gloves, medical face masks, or anything that covers your face. These new orders also come with hefty fines for non-compliance.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, many cities are hoping to implement the recommendations of the government while also being progressive with their preventive measures. Some of the information above contains recommendations already being made by these organizations as well as those yet to be recommended, such the required use of medical face masks.
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