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California's Warnings About The Coronavirus Vary From City to City

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By Ben Robinson III

As the widespread COVID-19 coronavirus continues to wreak havoc among the masses there are plenty of people that are now taking every possible precaution they can to stay safe and healthy. And with daily updates from the Center for Disease Control, as well as news outlets and websites, the constant barrage of information is helpful yet a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, this was not the case in the days leading up to public awareness of the virus, and many have fallen victim to its highly infectious nature.

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One of the scariest stories that has come out in the aftermath of the virus making its way to the United States involves a cruise ship currently docked in Oakland after discovering twenty-one COVID-19 infections. NPR reports;

During a news conference on Monday afternoon, Vice President Pence said passengers who live in California will be moved to two military bases in the state, while passengers from other states will be transported to bases in Georgia and Texas. International travelers from Canada and the United Kingdom will be taken to board special charter flights home, he said.

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More than 1,000 crew members aboard the ship will be tested and quarantined on the vessel. Plans for a crew quarantine are still being determined, the company said in a statement.

The virus has already been discovered within over one hundred people in the state of California, and there are certain to be more cases revealed soon. But according to the Los Angeles Times the state is doing all it can to try and keep the numbers as low as possible.

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There is a huge disparity between how different regions in the vast state are trying to stay ahead of the virus. The practice being implemented is called "social distancing" and it requires the inhabitants of the city to avoid attending events with mass gatherings of people. Although the city of Los Angeles was slow to adopt this process the Bay Area began making provisions for its citizens to stay home way before it became the Go-To remedy for this impending pandemic.

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So far college courses for institutions such as Stanford, San Francisco State and UC Berkeley have all been moved online in an attempt to eradicate the threat of infection, especially after a Stanford faculty member tested positive for the virus. There was also a coronavirus related death reported in the Silicon Valley which also added to public safety concerns. The general consensus at this time is that people need to stay far away from any type of gathering involving large crowds until further notice.

“All non-essential gatherings should be canceled, postponed, or done remotely,” Dr. Scott Morrow, health officer for San Mateo County, said in a statement Thursday. “Unfortunately, at this time, I have no standard definition of ‘non-essential’ or ‘gathering’ to guide your decisions. Use your best judgment.”

For more information about COVID-19 check the CDC's website here.

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