Make December 1st a World Pandemic Day for the new Coronavirus and other pandemias

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On December 1st, 2019, the first confirmed case of the new Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) causing COVID-19 was reported from Wuhan, Hubei Province, in China.

At the time of writing, this virus has caused a pandemia, spread to 182 countries, infecting nearly 500,000 citizens of the world, and claiming the lives of more than 22,000 people. Many countries, like China, Italy, and Spain, have been hit hard by the virus, witnessing their health systems and hospitals collapsing in a matter of days. During these few months we have experienced horrific events, as the virus continues spreading around the globe.

This virus has introduced important changes to our lives that we never thought we would experience. Most of us are staying home in preventive and obligatory restriction, trying to "flatten the curve" and give a chance to our health system, doctors and nurses to fight back and save lives. So many people have lost their jobs or have seen their income drastically decreased. So many people try to survive. We are beginning to realize the many changes that are necessary to battle this and to avoid similar pandemias in the future, in so many different levels: from the personal level to a governmental and global level.

And in this chaos, people are incapable of doing even the simplest thing: stay at home, to protect our lives and the lives of others. Such a simple and effective thing, but yet many find it it so difficult to do it. People are willing to risk infection, risk their lives and the lives of others, rather to stay home.

This is something that has to change. And to achieve that, we need to plan in the long-term as well. We need to make sure that if something like that happens ever again, we will be able to isolate and save lives.

We need to assume responsibility and change our lives, change our families, change our homes, change our work, change our cities, change our countries, and change the world, so that nothing like this happens again.

December 1st is also the World AIDS Day, another virus that has caused a pandemic. It seems fitting to take this day and elevate to a World Pandemic Day.

Each year, on December 1st, we stay at home, and we remember the victims of pandemias. We remember their families. We remember the doctors, nurses and all those that fought in the frontlines of these viral wars. On that day, we think of our lives and make the changes that are necessary.

For a symbol, I propose transforming the AIDS ribbon into a knot, symbolizing how staying at home is the only to knot up the virus, to stop it.