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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Planning a trip? Probably not. But just in case, I checked the State Department travel advisories. For the first time in my life they have issued a level 4 advisory not to travel ANYWHERE. Instead the State Department has been busy bringing Americans home: 64,178 Americans from over fifty countries. https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/repatriation/ .

While many came home, others had reasons to stay where they were and shelter in place. I suspect it was the same with other countries as well.

And each country addresses its pandemic in its own way, depending on its culture, its economy, and the timing of the virus itself. While we in the U.S. are seeing protests against shutdown policies, some countries are locking down more firmly while others are making plans for a gradual reopening. I surveyed a number of countries online and found that, although they are in different phases of the pandemic, many decided to extend their initial shutdowns in mid-April.

For example:

From Iceland to the Seychelle Islands, it would be hard to find a country that hasn’t acknowledged this pandemic and addressed it in some way. I’ll be interested to see how things have changed in the next few weeks.

Today’s Notable Headlines

“Human trials for UK coronavirus vaccine this week,” BBC.

“Coronavirus: Why are international comparisons difficult?” BBC

“Cal State Fullerton cancels in-person fall classes, will go online. Will others follow? Los Angeles Times.

Why am I doing this?

The coronavirus pandemic will be indelibly written on our memories just as the Great Depression or the Battle of Britain left their mark on past generations. It is my intention to journal the events of these days from three perspectives: as a retired medical technologist, a historian (Ph.D., 2014), and an ordinary person living through an extraordinary crisis.

You are on History’s Edge.

2 thoughts on “Pandemic Day 42: Worldwide Shutdown

  1. I think we may have a lot of protesters in the USA not only because the right-wing media continues to downplay the virus and advocate opening up, but also because so many people are in desperate circumstances, like not getting paid at all, or trying to survive off a $1200 stimulus check. To many people it seems like they would rather risk getting sick than try to keep living when they have no money for food or other basic necessities. I’m sure a lot of people are really rethinking how are system should work. I’m curious about what’s to come, too.

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