The Breakdown With Shaun King: If You Live in These States, I Am BEGGING You to Take the Coronavirus Seriously

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Few understood the toll in which the coronavirus would take on the world when it first hit the news.

When it was merely a story about some disease in a lesser-known Chinese city, few Americans took note. When stay at home orders were first issued in March and early April, few Americans thought it would last longer than a few weeks. When American icon Tom Hanks was diagnosed with COVID-19, when the NBA canceled their season and when Disney World shut down for the first time since the tragedy of 9/11, Americans truly began treating the virus as it was: a global pandemic.

For a short period of time, most of the country seemed to be on the same page. We came to a consensus that this virus was dangerous and we should all stay inside to stop the spread of it. Of course, the country did not stay united for long. The fear that kept people in quarantine dwindled as the number of cases decreased and the curve flattened. Summer rolled around, bringing its usual blue skies and shining sun, and droves of people flocked to beaches, pools, and parks.

Social distancing became a thing of the past and masks an optional accessory. Then, over the last few weeks, the numbers came out. The curve America had spent three months flattening had risen once more. States that had never really enforced quarantine rules, such as Texas and Florida were allowing groups of hundreds of people to gather and are now beginning to see more cases than ever before.

Just when states that had followed guidelines diligently, like New York and Seattle, began to recover from the massive toll taken on their population, things got worse again. What many of those refusing to adhere to social distancing rules do not understand is that they are not just putting themselves at risk, they are putting the entire nation at risk. One state cannot recover without the cooperation of them all. America cannot recover until each individual state does.

Many of these who view quarantine as optional have not faced the devastation this virus brings. They have not watched it ravish families and neighborhoods. They do not work in nursing homes, where multiple people are passing every single day. They haven’t had to check their loved ones into an overflowing ICU and be told they cannot visit them because it is just too dangerous. Parents, partners, children, friends, are all dying without even getting to say goodbye because even though they were careful, someone else’s carelessness got them killed.

In today’s episode, Shaun speaks directly to those in the states that are seeing the number of cases increase, but not the seriousness in which the statistics are being treated and begs them to please switch their mindset.


At the end of each story we publish about the coronavirus, we are now sharing the following information:

Coronavirus 411

The novel coronavirus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, is a virus that causes a number of respiratory illnesses, including lung lesions and pneumonia. The virus, which causes COVID-19, spreads easily from person to person through the air when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China and has spread to 188 countries. More than 11.85 million people around the world have become infected and more than 544,000 people have died. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic.

President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency on March 13. Less than two weeks later, on March 26, the United States surpassed China in the number of COVID-19 cases. The U.S. now has 2.99 million confirmed cases and more than 131,000 deaths.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can take between two to 14 days to appear. The CDC recommends calling your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

In order to keep yourself and others safe, be sure to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing and avoid touching your face. The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled for the next eight weeks. Click here for information on how to prepare for a quarantine.