If COVID-19 previously was a distant concern to anyone, the events of the past week most certainly pushed this new respiratory virus to the forefront of a life-altering reality.

Because of the spread of the microscopic boogeyman across multiple continents, last Wednesday the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 a pandemic. In a prime-time televised address to the nation that evening, President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on certain travel from Europe where countries such as Italy continue to struggle with containment of the pathogen.

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