KPS closes all schools due to the spread of the Coronavirus

Natacia Branstrom, Social Media Team

All of KPS schools have been closed until April 6th due to the massive spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus. The coronavirus is highly contagious and has spread almost world wide reaching 116 countries in a matter of months. There is a greater risk of anyone over the age of fifty getting the disease and passing away from it. So far, coronavirus has killed over 3 thousand people in the US and over 6 thousand have fully recovered. 

The coronavirus is a disease that takes effect in the lungs causing upper and lower respiratory problems. The coronavirus has similar symptoms to the flu and could even cause bronchitis. The coronavirus shows symptoms up to 2-7 days after you originally get the virus and is spread through coughing, sneezing, and through close contact with people who are showing symptoms.

KPS along with Ohio, Maryland and Kentucky schools systems have closed down due to the spread. Also churches and all public events like sports games and even WWE matches have also been shut down until further notice. This is just a short list of things that have been shut down, not including bars, storess, and small businesses. Additionally in Michigan, gatherings of more than 10 people for the time being, and the CDC, mass gatherings of more than 50 people should plan on being canceled for the next eight weeks. 

Stores have been running out of products such as hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, toilet paper, boxed tissues, paper towels and other cleaning supplies like bleach. The best way to keep yourself safe is to wash your hands and not touch your face. You can also limit physical contact such as hugs and handshakes. Also people who are at high risk (such as people with compromised immune systems, elderly people, etc.) should stay away from places that have a great chance of spreading the virus. If you do have to go out to a place that could be of high risk you should take extra precautions to avoid contracting it or spreading it to others.