Apr 15, 2021
Everyone is affected by COVID. Whether it is the loss of a friend or family member, limitations in their everyday lives, financial discrepancies, unemployment, or personal affairs, it is clear that the pandemic has changed the way society thinks. Overall there are about 30 million cases (29,899,817) and 543,871 reported deaths all across the country. Worldwide, there are 125 million cases and 2.75 million deaths.
Although this data is continuously updating. The United States is still leading as the country with the most COVID Cases as well as the most casualties.
Timeline of COVID-19 Pandemic and its Origin:
December 2019 → COVID-19 originated in China and was recognized as a disease
January 11, 2020, → First death due to COVID in China (mysterious death)
January 20, 2020, → First case in Washington, U.S. Came from Wuhan, China
January 23, 2020, → Wuhan was closed off by Chinese authorities.
January 30, 2020, → Declared a global health emergency from China (World Health Organization - WHO)
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The concentrated range of people that have been impacted the most is “people who have pre-existing health conditions, elderly people, people with weak immune systems, infants, and more” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Although vaccines have been administered (announced in early December 2020), Michigan has reported a 4th wave which has prolonged the pandemic. People are ready to get back to the real world.
Throughout each state, not only have cases declined for several weeks but also our money through fraud scamming people into false registration websites and social media costing Americans more than 380 million dollars. According to the FBI and FTC here are tips on how to recognize the signals of a scam website while registering. ”As of March 31, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had logged more than 421,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments, 70 percent of them involving fraud or identity theft. These scams have cost consumers $388.8 million, with a median loss of $333.” (AARP, 2020).
Many criminals have been using social media as well as the desperation of people to make money by promoting cures or stimuli. Because of the conflicts and struggles that the pandemic has put on everyone's lives putting a stop to everything, people want the pandemic to be over. Their targets pertain to older audiences who wouldn’t know that vaccines are provided for and free. Signs of scams include Impersonating banks offering money for bills, credit card debt, or student loans. Small businesses being targeted and impersonating big companies with the reassurance of economic issues. Stock Scams (making investors lose money and increasing the price which is draining the money of Americans and companies) and Fake Facebook accounts.
Officials are predicting that the government will ensure a stimulus for the scams that have occurred through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. This would bring a new round of relief payments, enhanced unemployment benefits, and small business loans. Many families have already been relieved with President Biden and Congress having sent economic relief packages that started in March of $1,400 to millions of Americans who are unemployed. More benefits of $300 until September (new school year and employment) were included as well. Things are looking up for the future of the pandemic and more families are relieved of partial challenges.
Steer Clear of Scams (tips):
Here are tips to steer clear of scams when registering for the vaccine. Make sure to look out for these specific signs when registering!
Requests that you pay out of pocket to receive a shot or get on a vaccine waiting list.
Ads that pop up for vaccines in websites, social media posts, emails, or phone calls.
Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Not asking for verification after information input.
Website name and any companies attached to it.
Below are verified and safe registration websites that show you availability:
Turbo Vax on Twitter
POV From Outside of NYC:
It’s important to not only be updated with COVID updates in our own amazing New York City but also in other parts of the world. In early April, I had the pleasure of interviewing Adrianne Rehm, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Leviathan + ENVOY – award-winning innovation companies that combine world-class expertise in strategy, design, and technology to create a more connected future for partners. Rehm is a current resident of Chicago and is eager to share her take on the pandemic in Chicago.
Mrs. Rehm and I were first introduced at a roundtable for professionals offered by The Opportunity Network, a college-readiness program that shapes students in networking and professional environments. Due to the pandemic, Rehm has been working virtually and has not traveled in over a year. The pandemic has definitely altered her daily routine, as she reflects, “I guess I took for granted the things I did such as getting coffee with a friend or going to dinner with someone.” The little activities–or even catching up with a friend– are things that we all have been longing for.