By: S. Costa Franco
Millions of people are infected; thousands have died; citizens must remain home to prevent spreading; companies have shut down. All countries must continue to impose methods that have been effective in decreasing the number of cases of Coronavirus, as declared by the World Health Organization, and about one-third of the world is under some kind of "lockdown" or social restriction.
It certainly has had an enormous effect on our world as well as our day-to-day lives, but how exactly are different leaders and governments dealing with this situation? What are some solutions that people have come up with? What countries are and aren't in quarantine? These are all questions that we, as a community, seek to answer to understand our current situation, how we can make the best of what is occurring and come up with better solutions.
The term "lockdown" can be defined as anything in relation to mandatory quarantine to recommendations to stay home. Many countries have begun to implement the "lockdown" concept. Although, different countries and cities have implemented different measures, and some examples of this are:
Although, there are several countries and cities which are not yet in quarantine or shutdown measures for certain reasons, such as a lack of many confirmed cases, the natural decrease in movement in the city and also a necessity to maintain the economy in a good condition, so that it does not collapse. One of these cities includes Jakarta, Indonesia, although it has adopted different measures to prevent spreading. Cities such as Tokyo have also only recently implemented quarantine measures. Even though the official quarantine has not been implemented, the movement and traffic congestion in these locations has drastically decreased.
Overall, yes, a lot is changing, and of course, we all must adapt to the measures that must be taken to avoid too much further spreading of the coronavirus. These lockdowns and other measures can have several negative impacts, but it is important to try to follow through with any actions that can be successful when preventing spreading, and also to stay positive, trying to make the best of this experience that we are all going through together.