Intercontinental Transmission and the Family

September 10th, 2020 by

Since the first known case of COVID-19 discovered in Wuhan, China, the world has experienced widespread infections of the deadly virus.  Initially, the issues seemed like an isolated occurrence far away from the United States; that is until other countries began to report widespread infections and death related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The international community is tasked with producing a resolution to restore nations to health and prevent further outbreak. The first discovery occurred between October to November 2019 and as of August 31, 2020 the total number of cases in United States 5,934,824 (U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.coivd.cdc.gov).  The total number of deaths in the United States has climbed to 182,149 (www.coivd.cdc.gov).  this virus does not discriminate as to gender, race, ethnicity, country, or economic status.  

There are several theories as to the transfer of viruses across continents and oceans. The microscopic organisms are transferred through global wind systems, person-to-person contact, and touching contaminated surfaces.  In recent years, the spread of influenza viruses was linked to migratory birds.  In 1999, the West Nile virus arrived in the United States and was linked to a mosquito bite after circulating in many countries for more than 50 years. 

The entire world has felt the effects of intercontinental transmissions as evidenced by the rise in deaths, hospitalizations, loss of jobs, stock market crashes, and slumps in tourism. We have changed the ways that we interact with family, friends, neighbors, and other countries.  The cultural impact on unseen infectious diseases has influenced our daily routines.  During COVID-19 pandemic, we have to wash our hands more frequently, wear facial masks, maintain 6 feet social distance, and quarantine after travel.  

The impact of a global disease crisis changes the balance of our individual family dynamics.  In 2020, we have experienced a record number unemployment, business closures, and financial strains due to the current pandemic. Those who entered into Judgment detailing parenting time and child-related concerns could not have predicted the effects of certain global diseases.  Some parties find themselves appearing in virtual courts to get answers as to how to allow parenting time and communication during the crisis.  We are in a constant state of flux with different reports pouring in from national and global reports and information.  We safeguard our families by creating boundaries based on the information we receive.  The best way to help prevent the further spread of any disease is to follow guidelines and consult with a health professional on preventative measures.  This requires cooperation by all members of the family in an effort to make a contribution to ending a global disease crisis.

Written by Jennifer S. Nolen

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