A lot has already happened this year. SARS-CoV-2 [wikipedia.org] (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) which can cause COVID-19 [wikipedia.org] (COronaVIrus Disease 2019) has been making headlines shortly after it was first reported. The first cases were reported to WHO (World Health Organization) on 2019-12-31. The virus spread. It began as a [who.int]epidemic [wikipedia.org] in China . The world watched apprehensively. Reports surfaced of cases in other countries and the the apprehension grew. For many folk, it turned to fear when it was upgraded to a pandemic [wikipedia.org]: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020 [who.int]: "We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."
We have seen increasing efforts to stem the spread of the disease. Efforts have run the gamut. Closing of borders. Cancellation of sporting events. Conferences cancelled. Churches and other places of worship also closed. Schools closed. Panic buying of household goods and supplies. Supply chain disruptions affecting manufacturers. Restaurant, bars, and other such establishments closed. Work-from-home policies established and enacted.
The changes have been many, widespread, and continuing.
Reading about all the ways that "other people" have been affected is one thing. It seems different, somehow, when it hits closer to home and affects us directly. With many of our usual social activities curtailed or cancelled, it is easy to begin isolating and lose perspective. SoylentNews arose from a troubled period (the SlashCott) and a community has formed from that challenging period.
How have you been affected? Have you been infected? Had a family member or friend who was? Helped neighbors who are struggling? Hunkering down and isolating? (In a basement is optional.) Are you suddenly working from home and finding it challenging to manage your time? Still working on site, but now have a faster commute due to all the other people staying home? Catching up on watching TV shows? Reading more SoylentNews? How has your life changed?
Previously (oldest first):
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates [soylentnews.org]
2019-nCoV Coronavirus Story Roundup [soylentnews.org]
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Roundup [soylentnews.org]
Coronavirus Roundup [soylentnews.org]
Coronavirus Roundup (Feb. 17) [soylentnews.org]
Roundup of Stories about the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease [soylentnews.org]
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 - CoronaVirus) Roundup [soylentnews.org]
CoronaVirus (SARS-CoV-2) Roundup 2020-03-12 [soylentnews.org]
Working from Home: Lessons Learned Over 20 Years [soylentnews.org]