COVID-19 infects the world of politics

Due to increasing threats regarding COVID-19, the activities within our daily lives have been halted and current national policy continues to evolve to ensure citizens are able to subsist within their new isolated society.

As of April 6, 41 of the 50 states, including Texas, have issued stay-at-home orders. Unlike others, Texas governor Greg Abbott had left the decision to the local governments until March 31, when he issued an executive order which recommended residents remain home unless for necessary activities for the next month. He also established a statewide shutdown of all schools until May 4 to combat the increasing threats regarding COVID-19.

“To further reduce the spread of COVID-19 – I’m establishing essential services and activities protocols. In short, what this provides is that Texans are expected to limit personal interactions that can lead to the spread of COVID-19 while also still having the freedom to conduct daily activities such as going to the grocery store, so long as you are following the presidential standard of good distance practices,” Abbott announced during his March 31 briefing.

Along with this, the Governor postponed the May 26 primary runoff election until July 14 to further reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

On the federal level, the U.S. government has also taken steps to attempt and stop the coronavirus from continuing to spread. On March 25, Congress passed a bill for a two trillion dollars stimulus package to combat the current situation. It includes a suspension of all student debt fees until September 30, direct payment to legal residents of the U.S. with an income of less than $99,000, and revitalization for businesses who will not receive an income due to the pandemic.

The bill was also established to combat the current jump in unemployment, which has risen from 3.3% to 17% in the past two weeks. Under the new bill, these individuals will receive an extra $600 for the next four months along with their state benefits.

“What is important is for us to recognize the good that is in the bill, appreciate it for what it does. Don’t judge it for what it doesn’t because we have more bills to come,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday night.

Because the COVID crisis exists as an international threat, many families, students, teachers, and more are all feeling a backlash in their local communities. This includes students having to take lessons via online sessions, teachers having to adjust their curriculums, and parents being forced to miss work. It would not be an overstatement to say that the daily lives and regular schedules these individuals have been operating under have been incredibly altered.

The virus has shaken not only our country but our world as well. New information about the situation is constantly being released, discussed, and contradicted, making it clear that no real solution can be found as of yet, and the conflict’s end is difficult to predict. Political policy is constantly changing and all the American people can do is take this global pandemic a day at a time.


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