It’s been three years since the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm.
The coronavirus epidemic was initially referred to as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. From staty-at-home mandates to virus updates, this three-year point has brought many changes as Michiganders, and the world, changed along the way, too.
“The feeling was, like, shoulder to shoulder, we march off to war,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, Director of Infectious Disease Research for Corewell Health, in a WXYZ article.
He was engaged in a battle against a horrible illness when the pandemic first broke out. When the number of sick patients increased, hospitals lacked appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), according to the article.
“I didn’t want to bring this home to my wife or my kids. I was seeing families get admitted,” Dr. Sims recalls. “The patient I remember most was the first patient I saw die. He was young, relatively healthy with two young kids. And nobody could come in and see them because they were in COVID isolation. That is going to haunt me forever.”
The COVID-19 epidemic’s third anniversary, and the virus is still killing people around the world, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Nonetheless, most people have returned to their regular lifestyles as a result of a barrier of protection created by diseases and vaccinations.
The death toll is about 7 million worldwide.
The virus and the possibility of a more hazardous variant spreading throughout the globe seem to persist, the article adds.
“New variants emerging anywhere threaten us everywhere,” said virus researcher Thomas Friedrich of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the AP article. “Maybe that will help people to understand how connected we are.”