2020! Probably the worst year so far. I pray to God, please re-install this year as it has a VIRUS! This year has astonished the World in a way, we have never imagined before. Did you ever think that there will be a time when we will all be locked up in our houses? keeping a possible social distance from the outside of the world? we will be banned from going to the Holy places and pray at home with family instead? and lastly, we will be having online classes instead of going to the institute? NO?
In my case, I’ve never thought such a situation would come into my life. I’ve never thought, this global pandemic (my mother has restricted me to say its name, by the way, you know what I am talking about) *wink*. This virus would come someday and wipe out half of the human population, I’ve never thought this would happen.
To be very honest with you, all of the super-human movies are making me sick right now. Because, I always believed that there is a Superman out there, watching and protecting us, but the reality is often disappointed. On a very serious note, I am DISAPPOINTED in super-heroes. By the way, we will continue to watch their movies just for the sake of fun. Cause there are some things you can never change.
Coming back to the topic, yeah 2020 has a VIRUS and we are told to be at our homes, avoiding close contact, wearing safety masks, using hand sanitizer, etc. I am amazed if a virus can go away with a hand sanitizer, why don’t they make a vaccine of it and inject it into the infected person? No? *Kidding* I know it does not work like that. But seriously, we are living in the END times.
When 2020 started, We were happy because the virus did not spread in the whole world as it was just in Wuhan, China and we did not care about it. By the time, it has wrapped the world into its arms then we come to know, it is something serious. There is something wrong with 2020. I am going to walk you through the events that occurred from January – May (till now). By the end of this article, you tell me about your thoughts in the comments below. Ok? Let’s begin!
Events that happened in the year 2020!
The following are the events that happened during 2019-20. Maybe, things were starting to happen way before the start of 2020, and now we have come to experience. It’s just my thought. So, blaming only 2020 would be an injustice, 2019 is also a part of these horrific events.
NOTE: Not a political person, so the events that are covered in this article are only about the major event.
2019–20 Australian bushfire season
Australian bushfire season or Black Summer began with several serious uncontrolled fires in June 2019. In summer, there were hundreds of fires burning in the southeast parts of the country. The fire was out of control during December-January and was destroying everything possible that comes to its way. On 9 March 2020, it was reported that the fires have burned an estimate of 18.6 million hectares, extinguished over 5,900 buildings, and killed at least 34 people.
An estimated one billion animals have been killed and some endangered species may be driven to extinction. Isn’t it was cruel of the fire that has killed all those innocent animals? I feel sick when I think of them dying, crying, running for their lives in that horrific jungle.
The overview is, the government started to ask people for donating and help the injured people and animals. Since we all know what has happened next, so I am not going to exaggerate my topic. You can further research on Australian Bushfire season. This is how 2020 started. WOW! I mean, this bushfire season comes around every year but this year got something special. No?
JANUARY – Ukrainian Jetliner Crash IRAN
The beginning of the year also observed some dramatic changes between the US and Iran, when the US strike a drone at Baghdad International Airport killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Welcome CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Hey, corona! come and have a cup of tea with the people of earth. An ongoing pandemic situation, COVID-19 which is also known as coronavirus pandemic. A disease caused by severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). O My God! it is even harder to type. This virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January, and a pandemic on 11 March.
The virus (COVID-19) is spreading so fast when a person is sick when he sneezes, coughs, or exhales it will cause heavy droplets. As these droplets are heavy they do not hang in the air but quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus when you are standing close with the person who has the virus. That is why maintaining social distance is prescribed.
You can also be infected if you touch any object and you do not wash your hands but instead touching your nose, mouth, and face. Hand sanitizing is also prescribed for this purpose, to make sure your hands are also clean. Other safety precautions are also given such as wearing surgical or any mask.
FEBRUARY – 2020 Stock Market Crash
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIJA) jumps by 1,190.95 points, which is almost close to 25,766.64, the largest one-day points decline at the time. 2020 stock market feared after hearing about COVID-19 and making the worst week for the index since 2008 which follows several days of large falls.
A conditional peace agreement is signed between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. begins gradually withdrawing troops from Afghanistan on March 10.
MARCH – COVID-19 Pandemic
Italy faced terrible death tolls by fighting COVID-19 making a record of 900+ deaths per day. Because they were unaware of the virus first, they did not follow the safety precautions and later they suffered badly. But by the time, Italy got control over the increasing number of deaths by putting 16 million people in quarantine, more than a quarter of its population was in a complete lockdown. The quarantine was eventually extended to cover the entire country in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The government of Nepal announces that Mount Everest will be closed to tourists and climbers for the rest of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spain also goes into lockdown after COVID-19 cases increased in the country.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 2,997.10, the single largest point drop in history, and the second-largest percentage drop ever at 12.93 percent, an even greater crash than Black Monday (1929). The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 10,000 as the total number of cases reaches a quarter of a million.
Global COVID-19 cases reach 500,000, with nearly 23,000 deaths confirmed. The United States surpasses China and Italy in a total number of known COVID-19 cases, with at least 81,321 cases and more than 1,000 deaths.
APRIL – COVID-19 “The most negative word in 2020 is “POSITIVE”.
Throughout April, the number of cases of coronavirus keeps increasing from 1 Million to 3 Million. China ends the lockdown in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with people allowed to leave the city for the first time in 76 days. The death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 100,000 globally, a ten-fold increase from March 20. The World economic condition is also getting worst. IMF says it expects the world economy to shrink 3%, the worst contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The two of the Bollywood celebrities died in just 2 days. Irfan Khan died on 29, April while Rishi Kapoor on 30, April, leaving the Indian public and cinema in severe grief. I am telling you guys 2020 is indeed the worst year so far.
“The most negative word in 2020 is “POSITIVE”!
MAY – Cases Exceed to 4 Million Worldwide
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 4 million worldwide. The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 300,000. The number of cases in Iran passes 100,000 with more than 6,400 confirmed deaths.
From January to May (till now), everywhere you go you meet COVID-19. It is really heartbreaking. We just pray that one day everything goes back to normal. Imagine, we woke up and we listen to the news that says “Coronavirus is GONE” and every patient has been successfully recovered. I hope we will see this day soon, InshaAllah.
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