Supporting local businesses during Corona virus outbreak

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Jenna L. Korth

Store shelves were left emptied due to panic shopping amid COVID-19 fears.

Victoria J. Sadauskas, West Hills Center Staff

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has just recently made its way to Pennsylvania, and it has already been impacting the state in a huge way. With almost 3,400 cases and two confirmed deaths in Allegheny County alone. Pittsburghers are being advised to stock up on supplies, and quarantine themselves in their homes. The city of Pittsburgh is banning gatherings of any kind that are not essential. Allegheny County called for all nonessential businesses to close. The once lively city is now starting to look like a ghost town.

 So, what does this mean for small local businesses? This means that those who are independently ran and rely on the community for business are going to struggle during this difficult time. Many shop owners are relying on gift cards and online orders to help keep their business alive. 

Jenna L. Korth

An article published by CBS News, “How to help small businesses survive the Coronavirus,” details all the ways you can help if you are in the financial position to do so.

Buying gift cards, ordering take out and shopping local online are just some of the ways that can create a positive impact.  Another way you can help is by donating clothing and perishable foods to local shelters. The Cap4Kids website has a list of all the shelters in the greater Pittsburgh area. Any donation no matter the size can make a tremendous impact on someone’s life. 

As for the virus itself, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have information on how to protect yourself from the virus. They advise avoiding close contact with sick individuals, frequently washing hands with soap and water, not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and practicing good respiratory hygiene. 

It is extremely important to watch for the symptoms if you believe you may be infected. The symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Emergency warning signs include, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and bluish lips or face. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 seek medical attention immediately.