We can all agree that 2020 was one of the most anticipated years ever. The people around the globe were looking forward to The Tokyo Summer Olympics, the football Euro Cup, Expo 2020 Dubai, the London Marathon 2020 as well as regular events such as the Champions League, Burning Man, Coachella, Wimbledon, and many more. Even in a numeral point of view, 2020 was significant. It's the start of the third decade of the 21st century, and we all hoped for the best as we counted down from 10 on New Year's Eve. New year, new me as the old saying goes, we all dreamed of new love, new promotion, new places to visit, new friends to make.
But one tiny, really tiny thing caused everything to be postponed indefinitely, crushed our dreams, and made 2020 the most frustrating year so far. That small thing is the Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.
The first case of Coronavirus was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and it was first reported to the World Health Organization on the 31st of December 2019. Fast forward a few months, on March 11th, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic. And it changed everything.
The Coronavirus causes diseases to mammals and birds. It also affects humans and causes respiratory system infections that can range from a common cold to lethality. The virus spread fast across the globe, and many people got infected. Due to the nature of the events, governments were forced to act quickly and impose restrictions on its citizens to tackle the enormous problems that the virus caused.
Massive gatherings were forbidden, public places were shut down, world events were postponed. Airports, libraries, stadiums, museums, schools were all locked down due to the pandemic nature of the virus. Due to high Coronavirus cases, many governments imposed quarantine measures for its citizens to stop or minimize the destructive nature of COVID-19 and to avoid the collapse of public health institutions. Wash your hands, wear a mask, distance yourself from other people, these are only a fraction of the measures we're all taking to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Many industries and businesses around the world also suffered from Coronavirus? pandemic. Manufacturing, transport, postal, wholesale trade, retail, recreational, tourism, information media industries are just a few examples that were hit hard by COVID-19. Many people lost their jobs due to these events, and it affected families and communities worldwide.
The global pandemic changed the world. But it also turned us, the people. It changed the way we treat each other as human beings. It changed the way we interact with the environment; it changed the way we act as a society. We've found new ways to teach our children, we've found new ways to communicate with each other, we've discovered modern necessities and ditched many old ones. We've learned a lot during this year, and we've found new solutions for old problems. It's in our nature to strive for the best for us as individuals and us as a collective.