One year after the global nightmare called COVID-19

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By Maria T. Morales

The world closes the 2020 amid the global chaos caused by COVID -19 that a year and a month ago was discovered in the city of Wuhan, China.

There began the disease that, for him 30 of January of 2020, World Health Organization, declared a pandemic; so far it has infected 82 millions 663 thousand 945 people.

Chinese authorities had to close the market in the city of Huanan, considering that animals sold in the place could be responsible for spreading the virus.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

Thousands have also mourned the departure of a loved one, a friend or acquaintance since, on a global scale, a million have died 804,138, according to John Hopkins University.

The nightmare, that after a year, still keeps the scientific world and the general population in suspense, does not finish sweeping in 191 countries or regions.

And if that was not enough, a new strain, that according to scientists infects faster than others previously discovered, arrived to close the 2020 with more tragedy.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

The numbers of infections and deaths speak for themselves about one of the darkest stages of the modern era that not only affected health, but also the economy, social development and even politics.

The United States became the most affected country on a global scale with 19 millions 739 thousand 502 contagions.

Followed by India with 10 millions 244 thousand 852 contagions; Brazil with 7 millions 619 thousand 200 cases and Russia with 3 millions 657 thousand 624.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

 Politicians and community leaders blame Donald Trump, president of the nation, for being indifferent to the global alert that China set off 343 days.

Something as simple as hand washing recommendations, six foot person-to-person distancing, the use of face masks and the measure of confinement were the trigger for the politicization of the pandemic.

Y, although only a couple of weeks ago, the world of science made the anticovid vaccine available, the end of the pandemic is not in sight.

In the middle of the regrowth, and with a vaccination campaign, also in question, many look forward to the arrival of 2021.