COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is rapidly growing. Over the past few months, COVID-19 went from a virus to a global pandemic. The world itself almost seems like it is shutting down. According to the New York Times, on March 12th, “the European Union instituted a 30-day ban on nonessential travel to at least 26 European countries from the rest of the world, adding to the list of countries and territories across the globe that in recent days have imposed strict travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus” (Andrea Salcedo). The virus is uniting the world in an effort to survive. Europe has called for a travel ban, and America recently closed borders with Mexico. President Donald Trump still insists that this will not affect trade, however. Furthermore, Italy has been under quarantine, along with El Salvador, parts of China, India, Poland, and New Zealand. Although the virus is rapidly spreading throughout America, no decision has been made yet about quarantining the country. However, various states have taken the matter into their own hands, and as of April 20th, all but eight states have issued a stay at home order. California, in particular, has been on a strict lockdown in the effort to keep people off its crowded and busy streets. Despite their efforts, however, California has the most cases, with over 40,000 infected. Although the majority of the United States has issued a stay at home order, essential personnel and businesses, such as private doctors, grocery stores, and pharmacies are all still open to the public. Despite President Donald Trump’s initial belief that by April 12th, the United States should be “open for business,” it is clear that we all might be quarantined for some time longer.
Additionally, the stock market is reaching new lows due to COVID-19. According to CNN, “The DOW closed below 20,000 total points for the first time since February 2017. It was down 6.3%, or 1,338 points, on the day. During the afternoon, the index fell so much that it erased all of the gains accumulated under the Trump administration” (Anneken Tappe). Under the Trump administration, the economy was thriving. The stock market was experiencing new highs, and unemployment was down. Incredibly, in just a few short months, the amazing progress and economic difference made by the Trump administration has nearly been irrelevant due to the virus.
Additionally, sports, such as the NBA and MLB, have been canceled. The NBA’s playoffs were only a few weeks away, but there have now been numerous teams with players that have tested positive for the virus. The NBA itself has stated that they have all intentions of continuing the season, even if it means that they will continue into the late summer months.
However, during this time of mass confusion, fear, and anxiety, God calls us to seek him “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place” (2nd Chronicles 7:13-15 NIV). In these scary times that we are living in, all we can do is wash our hands and stay close to God!
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