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The Pandemic’s Effects Are All Around Us

Tanner Health System recently announced 36 positive test results with 28 confirmed cases in Carroll County. Tanner Medical Center of Carrollton is currently treating 12 inpatients. Some others received self-isolation and care instructions to follow at home. 

As of now, 550 COVID-19 tests were administered, with about 400 more awaiting results.

Tanner has set up tents on its various hospital campuses in Carrollton, Villa Rica and Bremen to extend the ambulatory tests for COVID-19. The tents will be used to provide care to patients who are symptomatic of COVID-19. The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

A prescription from a healthcare professional is required for COVID-19 testing.

As Tanner continues to monitor the patients, you can learn more about the cases in Carrollton by visiting Tanner’s Coronavirus 2019 Update newsletter and Tanner’s website for COVID-19 updates.

As we are witnessing this pandemic continue its economic, emotional and cultural torture, here’s a list of other important facts to know:

  • All 50 states of the U.S are now affected by COVID-19.
  • Several important figures tested positive for COVID-19, including celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, and former Bachelor Colton Underwood. A staffer at the White House also tested positive for COVID-19, but Vice President Mike Pence tested negative.
  • The governments shut down the Canadian and Mexican Borders to suspend nonessential travel between the countries. This would help decrease the transmission rate of the Coronavirus.
  • Travel from and to Europe is nearly impossible. 
  • Countries such as France and Italy undergo a complete lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.
  • In fact, the French government, for instance, require everyone to carry a printed authorization stating the purpose of each trip outside their home. Valid reasons are Doctor’s appointments, pharmacy runs, or going grocery shopping. The French police can issue fines up to €135 to people that are found outside without authorization papers.
  • Globally, most businesses are whether closed or barely running profitably.
  • In the U.S, most schools are closed, but classes are resumed online for the remainder of the semester. College students majoring in Theatre and the like are having difficulties completing the semester. These types of art majors require to be physically present in the classroom.
  • Most universities and colleges canceled graduation, which left students upset. For instance, there is a petition circulating on the University of West Georgia campus to find alternative solutions for graduation. What’s more, all study abroad trips planned for this summer of 2020 were canceled per the University System of Georgia requirements. This decision to cancel rather than postpone the trips came about as the governments are not sure when this outbreak will be contained and controlled. 
  • The U.S. President Trump says the outbreak could last until July or August. 
  • Global stock markets are suffering from the continued decline in shares. However, the United States Senate has blocked President Trump’s proposed $ 2 trillion economic bailout deal to relieve Americans of financial hardship and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On a lighter note, the TikTok company is unarguably thriving on this pandemic. A considerable amount of people (notably teens and young adults) turn to the phone application to pass the time while stuck in quarantine. With hashtags such as #boredathome and #coronatime, the application users record and share short videos of themselves from home to entertain each other. 

For detailed information on the outbreak, visit the CDC website

Photo credits: Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Alma Beauvais is The WOLF's News Director and current junior of Mass Communications at the University of West Georgia.

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