Here are the top 3 things going on in the news right now. 

  1. Coronavirus: As many of you may be aware, the World Health Organization recently announced the sudden outbreak of a new disease called the “coronavirus” and stated it as a global health emergency. The Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause sickness ranging from a common cold to much more severe respiratory diseases. The illness spread through China at an alarming rate affecting over 40,000 people with a death toll of over 1,000. According to The New York Times, “There are 393 COVID-19 cases abroad, in a total of 24 countries” with 13 of these cases occurring in the U.S.; however, while this epidemic may cause panic and anxiety, it’s important to stay calm. As 99% of cases have been in China, experts say that it is incredibly unlikely that the U.S. will have an outbreak. Regardless, it’s essential to wash your hands regularly, thoroughly cook your raw meat, and stay away from people coughing and sneezing!
  2. Nancy Pelosi: In last week’s State of the Union address, a two second video of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, got much more attention than the address itself. Why, you ask? Well, if you haven’t already seen the video, I suggest you check it out. At the end of the speech once Trump hands his written speech to Pelosi after addressing the floor, Pelosi tears the speech in two on national television. Although her actions were not supposed to be the main focus, they certainly and successfully made a statement getting the attention of many viewers that night. Many took to social media platforms to discuss the issue. 
  3. The Primaries: The U.S. is gearing up for the next presidential election, and the first step in this political journey is voting in the primaries! The primaries elections where voters select candidates for an upcoming general election. Currently, Pete Buttigieg is in the lead in for Democratic Party with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren close behind while Donald Trump seems to be the only real contender of the Republican party. When reflecting on these debates, remember that the most important thing you can do is register (or encourage people to register if you’re under 18) to vote!