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Brief History of Coronavirus/ COVID-19

The first known case of the Coronavirus occurred on November 17, 2020, unbeknownst to Chinese medical professionals and government. After the first case, the virus began to spread through the Wuhan province, but due to the similar symptoms to the common cold, it was not classified as a new novel virus. According to the New York time, in late December, the Chinese government confirmed that health authorities in the Wuhan providence were treating dozens of cases of pneumonia. Still, at that time, there was no evidence that the virus is rapidly spreading it by humans. On January 11, the first known death from the virus was reported.

On January 20, 2020, nine days after the first death in China, a Washington State man develop symptoms after returning from along Wuhan. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization changed the name Coronavirus to COVID–19, an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease 2019. 

Before deeming COVID-19 a global pandemic, the World Health Organization said the world is in “uncharted territory” with the dangerous and rapidly spreading disease. On March 17, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 a pandemic. With over 160 countries reporting a confirmed COVID-19 case, the pandemic, as defined as a global outbreak of disease, was clearly warranted.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, governments from around the world have taken necessary steps to stop the spread. In China, the Wuhan province was completely quarantined from the rest of the country. In Italy, the entire country has gone into full quarantine and lockdown, allowing the citizens to only leave their homes for food and essential travel. Here in the United States, executive orders from President have closed the northern and southern borders and banned travel to Europe. Governor's executive orders have closed business, schools and instituted shelter place orders. 

Although necessary, these executive orders, whether federally or state executed, have forced businesses to shut the doors and employees that are able to work from home. Those individuals who do not have the option to work from home or those businesses that can't afford to be starved of revenue for weeks at a time will face severe financial hurdles moving forward. This blog is written to help discuss the legal and financial effects of COVID-19 and the government's actions, and in some cases, its lack of action to help individuals and businesses through this difficult time.

As of today, March 26, 2020, the United States has a total:

68,080 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 994 deaths

Currently Arizona has:

508 to confirm cases and 8 confirm deaths. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. We will continue to bring you updated information on many other topics including stimulus checks, auto loans, home mortgages and other topics effecting you and your family during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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