On Wednesday March 11th, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her decision to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day parade to prevent further spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Mayor Lightfoot, along side with Governor of Illinois Jay R. Pritzker, held a press conference to deliver the devastating news to postpone a 177 year old tradition where the is a parade, the Chicago river is dyed in green, followed by a celebration among residents and tourists on March 17th.
The city of Chicago’s public transportation has also been taking precautions by cleaning the trains cars, bar handles and any other items that require passengers to touch or hold during their rides.
Local bars and tourist sights are taking a direct hit economically due to the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and potentially future nullification of sporting events and concerts.
Boston and New York City have also suspended their St. Patrick’s Day parades after the Coronavirus pandemic.
At least 6 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Illinois, 2 of them in Chicago. All of the cases were detected in people over 40 years of age, but the elderly and people who suffer from respiratory health issues run higher risk.
On Wednesday evening, President Trump addressed the nation announcing it will close its borders with Europe for the next 30 days to prevent further spread of the virus in the United States. The President is asking for the elderly to avoid large crowds as they are the most vulnerable to contract the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China in late December of 2019 when people showed intense cases of pneumonia. While the Trump administration declared a public health emergency in late January of 2020, China was suppressing the number of people infected with the Coronavirus and continues to lie as of today.
To decrease the spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands often
- Clean surfaces
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Stop smoking
- Eat healthier
- Sleep/Rest well
- Avoid large crowds
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