Current Events: Coronavirus

A recent outbreak has caught the attention of many. It goes by the name: coronavirus. It is a very serious situation. The virus was originally detected in Wuhan, China. That is where the majority of the illnesses have been found and reported. The type of animal that the virus has come from has not yet been confirmed or found. There have already been deaths since the outbreak. And, thousands of confirmed cases of infection. Although, at the moment, the situation is still foggy as informations about how fast the virus can spread and how dangerous it is isn’t clear, you must stay on your guard. Just two days ago, all transportations in Wuhan were shut down! It is home to 11 million people. The steps taken to stop the spread of the virus is growing. Wuhan, along with Beijing have canceled fairs and large public gatherings where the virus could be spread. Unfortunately, the shut down transportation wasn’t able to stop the spread out of China. There are now infections that have been confirmed in France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the United States. The most common way for the coronavirus to be transmitted would be by coughing, sneezing, and personal contact. Currently, there is no treatment available. In Wuhan, people are dropping. It is said that the reports coming in for those dying and affected is probably not accurate and higher than it actually is. If you click here you can see a video of the virus and the current situation. 

The Government Shutdown still going on…

Quote of TRUTHGetting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked to cooperation.” – William Feather

here we go…


What has happened??? The US government had been shut down for some time now. I know, I’d say it is slightly alarming. Let’s start from the beginning. Basically, Trump requested about $5 billion to fund the wall on the US and Mexico border. However, this request was denied. So, then Trump decided to shut down the government until he got what he wanted, this happened on December 22. 


What exactly is a government shutdown?  Typically, government shutdowns usually occur when there is a lack of funding. And, this lack of funding usually happens because of a delay in the approval of the federal budget. However, the shutdown we have now is a different case, it’s because of Trump not getting what he wants and shutting down the government until he does. 


Now what? There are hundreds of thousands of federal workers from different departments and federal agencies that are being affected by the recent shutdown.  Currently, the federal workers who are working are without pay. WITHOUT PAY. The thing is they will get paid its just they’re not entirely sure when that paycheck is coming anytime soon. Here are some of the departments and agencies affected by this:

  • Department of agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Housing & Urban Development
  • Interior 
  • State
  • Transportation
  • Treasury


The shutdown is still ongoing, passing 25 days! In my opinion, it shouldn’t be down for this long. The longer that they keep the government shutdown like this, different programs will probably close down, more people will lose their jobs, and the US economy won’t be at its best. We are waiting either for Trump to cave in and open the government back up again without the funding, for the Democrats to cave in and agree with helping to finance the border, or the Republicans to cave in, get with the Democrats, and pass a spending bill to fund the government and get it back on its feet without Trump’s approval. Which one will it be? Well, we’ll have to wait for that….



Yours truly,


© Elizabeth Anne Villoria