Last Updated: January 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
COVID-19 has effected a portion of everyone’s life in some way, shape or form. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the situation a public health emergency. Nearly two weeks later, WHO officially named the virus, COVID-19. Not long afterwards, the virus was widely declared a pandemic. Now, global health officials are working around the clock to help contain the spread of this virus.
Daily Count: January 18, 2021
Source: Johns Hopkins University
Total Global Confirmed Cases: 95,179,173
Total Global Deaths: 2,033,641
Total United States Confirmed Cases: 23,952,960
Total United States Deaths: 397,672
While officials are hard at work, public figures, large organizations, non-profits and everyday citizens are doing their part to help out where need be. Stores like Publix and Target have opened up their doors early to help elderly citizens get groceries and other supplies. Rihanna has pitched in $5 million to help out with research and get medical supplies. Even 12 year-old designer Skylar Johnson has offered online tutorials to help people create face masks of their own.
As a community, the WHO urges everyone to wash their hands as often as possible for 20 or more seconds at a time. In addition, WHO asks people to avoid close contacts and self-isolate when possible. For more information, visit their website.