One Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

The world has reached one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It was on March 11, 2020 when the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke to the world that COVID-19 is a world-wide pandemic. Currently on March 14, 2021, coronavirus deaths have reached a staggering 2.65 million deaths and 120 million cases identified with ever more growing numbers. Since COVID-19 was thought to have originated in Wuhan, China, countries around the world closed their borders, and established lockdowns in their countries. However, countries were scrambling to fight both the pandemic and the economic downturns, which gave rise to unemployment rates all around and massive bankruptcies for retail businesses. While small businesses were closing downs, big techs and corporations raked in billions and 614 American billionaires collectively increased their wealth by $900 billion. During this time, over 14 million Americans lost their jobs while the Trump administration gave out $1200 of stimulus checks per person. The rise in staying home gave rise to Zoom meetings and remote works for both students and employees while we clapped on our essential workers and medical staff for their braveness and courage. Hospitals around the world were soon overwhelmed with the number of COVID-19 patients needing medical assistance. Many of the elders over the age of 65 and people with prior medical conditions required ventilators after contracting COVID-19 leaving many families broken up and torn apart from their family and friend’s deaths. In the United States alone, the country has surpassed 534,000 deaths and 29.4 million cases, however, under President Joe Biden’s administration, COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed and more than 100 million doses have been given with over 35 million Americans fully vaccinated. Now, the United States leads the world in vaccinations giving hope and leadership to the rest of the world in resolving this pandemic together. During the middle of a pandemic, the civil rights movement “Black Lives Matter” for the call of equal rights and treatment for the Blacks and African American in the United States and the rest of the world surged onto the main stage. Hundreds of protests for the call to reform the police system led to many police reforms and a light onto the poor treatments African Americans receive by many of the police officers. Just as one people of color was fighting for their right to fair treatment, Asian American hate crime dramatically rose 150% with the organization Stop AAPI Hate reporting over 3,000 cases. A movement to raise awareness, and to bring justice and solace to Asian Americans who suffered from hate crimes has been led by many Asian American celebrities. Asian hate crimes are not the problem of only the United States, rather a collective problem around the western and White dominated nations. On the other side of the globe, Japan has been slow in vaccination with only 3,000 Japanese being fully vaccinated and 0.18% of the total Japanese population being given a dose of vaccine. Compared to the United States with over 20% of the total population given a single dose, it has been a slow start for Japan, the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. After delaying the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has pushed the date back to July 23, 2021. With the slow vaccination and uncertainty over whether people from around the globe are allowed into Japan to watch the Olympics and Paralympics, the Olympic in June could signal the progress the world and especially Japan has made over the COVID-19 response.

Published by Jungen Ono

In a world full of political biases and outright lies, finding the truth and objectivities must be our focus for a more bipartisanship in our daily lives. "The Truth Lights The Darkness" Jungen Ono

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