As you are probably well-aware, the disease known as COVID-19 has caused significant and profound disruptions in the daily lives of many Americans and people around the world. As cases continue to rise, you can expect to see more cases and disruptions to your daily routine in the upcoming weeks and months. Fortunately, the lawyers of Panchenko Law Firm will continue to be here to serve you and your family.
As members of the community, we are committed to helping keep you informed about how this crisis is affecting North Carolina and the surrounding areas.
The first and most important thing you can do in regard to COVID-19 is familiarizing yourself with the symptoms. If you believe that you have it, you should self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for guidance. If you believe someone else seems sick, stay away from them as much as possible. Here is a handy graphic from the World Health Organization describing the symptoms of COVID-19 and other diseases:
While some national organizations like the NHL and MLB have chosen to cancel or postpone large events, there has been no cohesive national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some communities are taking more drastic measures than others. For example, several counties in California, where the number of cases is growing rapidly, have instituted “shelter in place” orders, while others have left it up to local businesses to determine whether they want to remain open for the time being.
If you are wondering what’s going to happen next or how much longer these measures are going to last, you are not alone. The unfortunate reality is that no one – not even the experts – know. Some models predict the pandemic to peak in June or July, while others suggest that we will need to practice social distancing until a vaccine is developed, which could take 12-18 months.
It’s certainly possible that Matthews, like other metropolitan areas, will need to shut down all non-essential commercial activity in order to control the spread of the virus. In other places, this has meant that only grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and certain essential retail stores are allowed to stay open.
While it may seem drastic, many experts suggest that these kinds of measures are our best chance of keeping a worst-case scenario from occurring in the United States. There will certainly be economic fallout from these measures, but federal and state officials are already taking steps to prop up the economy and ensure that people can meet their basic needs while we all weather this storm together.
The lawyers of Panchenko Law Firm are here to help you with your legal needs during this uncertain time. In light of the current threat posed by face-to-face meetings, we are happy to discuss your case with you over the phone or through the various teleconferencing applications available through the internet, including Skype and Facetime.