The effects of the Coronavirus


The influence of the Coronavirus has made people change how they live, how they act, and how they think in society today.

Companies all around the world, have no alternative but to restructure, and even downsize their staff to maintain a profit. Employees that are elderly have experienced physical challenges during this pandemic attack. Seniors, in general, are at high risk of infections that are related to the breathing area such as colds through coughing or sneezing. Other groups such as young kids, the health care workers, and people with a weak immune system are not exempt from being infected.

Churches and other denominations now may receive charges if they exceed the restriction level of people. Any church could get a fine up to twenty-five thousand dollars by law enforcement. The old saying of "going outside to get some fresh air" is no longer a good thing but a risky one. The local news and social media reiterate to the public, do not go outside unless it is necessary. Every country or city around the world is taking precautions when going in and out of the house. The leaders of each nation have raised awareness and protocol for people that need to go outside. Each person outdoors must at least be three feet away or so from other people. During the early stages of this new virus, the government made restrictions on fifty people or less. Since then, the government had to restrict social groups for safety purposes. Each day now, the number of people is reduced to smaller groups. However, every day the more cases escalate with this spreading virus. Outside, people are either in a vehicle commuting by car or bus or in the vicinity of travel. People must be vigilant of others and follow the protocol that leaders cover in the news during this outbreak. When a person enters their home, they must remove and throw away disposable gloves from outdoor use. All individuals must carefully wash their hands with soap and water frequently. Outdoor clothing must go into the laundry, and the individual needs to have a shower or bath. At dinner time, people need to use utensils when eating food. To ensure that each person's hands avoid making contact with the face.

During this outbreak, restaurants are suffering from families and other people not able to have the food at these facilities. Due to social restrictions, restaurants are only available to serve customers that have a drive-thru station. This minimal activity now creates food chains to cut down staff and reduce hours for employees. Restaurants that do not have an alternate customer service system are not able to serve to the public until further notice. Other workplaces that depend on community relations for profit will now have to review different ways to generate business. Businesses that function with a dozen or more people will have to work from home. If not possible, these companies will now have to shut down the business to abide by the current social law. Workers in this kind of environment, have to seek unemployment and many others if not able to find an alternative. Since this virus pandemic, unemployment slowly increases by the day as more and more companies succumb to the new virus prevention action.

Despite the outbreak, various companies are still in operation that follows the strict guidelines which remain open to the public. The open businesses are some government establishments, banks, fast-food restaurants with drive-thru stations, gas stations, hotels, grocery stores, and some department stores that sell groceries. However, shopping malls have recently been on radar by the government due to potential social mass that may occur on any given day. The only store that may be exempt from attention even though large crowds can develop is grocery stores.

Grocery stores that have permission to remain open must follow the protocols carefully. These food stores have social measures in place for shoppers. However, other problems have been an issue in the grocery stores with customers. Since the outbreak, people have been stocking up on certain items for several weeks now. This activity has made managers and staff review their policies and integrate new ones. Some stores only allow customers a quantity of two per item if an item is selling fast or on sale. If a customer takes a half dozen or a dozen of any item, the staff has authority to reduce the amount to two.

The shoppers have been stocking up on popular items such as flour, rice, pasta, and other similar ingredients. Customers are now freezing products such as milk, bread, pastries, and other items with expiration to preserve them for later. Non-perishable foods like can goods of fish, tuna, sardines, sauces, chickpeas, and other can vegetables are primary for future purposes. Sanitary items such as cleaners, disinfectants, and other cleaning agents to alleviate germs are bestsellers during this virus pandemic. The fastest-selling items right now in the grocery store are tissue paper, paper towel, and toilet paper. Toilet paper has created fights and confrontation throughout stores in almost every nation. The toilet paper is primarily for cleaning the lower private parts of the body after toilet use. However, people now use this item as protective insulation for the mask they use to prevent germ buildup. This new approach explains why toilet paper sales are on the rise. Although some people buy it because they see other customers buy and have no idea why.

The Coronavirus has made people live differently, act cautiously, and think carefully. The more this virus pandemic continues, the more people will embrace this new norm.

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