The world has changed, but Hawaii has not.
For many, the island is still home to the same challenges as it did 50 years ago, and that includes a rising pandemic.
It’s been one of the most impacted countries in the world.
The island’s largest city, Honolulu, is the epicentre of the pandemic, and it’s the only city in the US to be declared fully covered.
“We’re still very much in quarantine, but we’re also in a very safe place,” says Kiki Tabor, who runs a group that offers practical advice to tourists.
“There’s no real risk here.”
Travel restrictions are not the only thing that make the island vulnerable to the pandemics, but they are a key part of the solution.
In a region that was once a paradise, with the perfect climate, pristine beaches, and lush foliage, things have changed dramatically.
The virus has spread, and many of the islands surrounding it have become uninhabitable.
“In Hawaii, we are really lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” says John Bessinger, the chief executive of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“If we’re not in quarantine now, we’re in a really bad place.”
But not all people are lucky enough to have such a safe environment.
Some people are too poor to travel, or have been denied their citizenship, or they have been arrested for trespassing.
Some of the island’s population of about 3.5 million people are now considered to be “severely affected”, meaning they are at risk of contracting the virus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 7,500 cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far, and about 2,000 have died.
“The pandemic has brought a lot of stress on Hawaii,” says Bessingers, “but we’re going to keep working on making sure the island remains the safest place on Earth.”
What to know about COVID in the United States 1.
What is COVID?
The virus that causes COVID is an airborne coronavirus that can cause a mild or severe illness.
People can get sick with it from coughs, sneezes, or coughing, and the virus can spread through coughing, sneeze, or droplets of blood or mucus.
Symptoms are similar to those of flu, and can be severe or life-threatening.
The majority of cases are mild, but there is a small percentage that can be fatal.
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