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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 2020

Page posted 29th June 2020

 

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, was a global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30th January 2020, and a pandemic on 11th March. As of 29th June 2020, more than 10.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 502,000 deaths; more than 5.14 million people had recovered.

 

The virus was primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets usually fell to the ground or onto surfaces rather than travelling through air over long distances. However, research as of June 2020 had shown that speech-generated droplets remained airborne for tens of minutes. Less commonly, people may have become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show symptoms.

 

Common symptoms included fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of sense of smell. Complications may have included pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms was typically around five days but may have ranged from two to fourteen days. There was no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment at the time of writing. Primary treatment was symptomatic and supportive therapy.

 

Recommended preventive measures included hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, wearing a face mask in public settings, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected. Authorities worldwide had responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns, workplace hazard controls, and facility closures. Many places had also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of infected persons.

 

The pandemic caused global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. It led to the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, political, and cultural events, widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, and decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Schools, universities, and colleges were closed either on a nationwide or local basis in 172 countries, affecting approximately 98.5 percent of the world's student population. Misinformation about the virus circulated through social media and mass media. There were incidents of xenophobia and discrimination against Chinese people and against those perceived as being Chinese or as being from areas with high infection rates.

Brethren, by kind permission of Brother Ramsay McGhee, Most Worshipful Grand Master I have been allowed to publish his communications during this crisis on an on going basis as he issues them. I have composed this page which includes all his communications and those of Provincial Grand Lodge in order that maybe at some future time if the web site is still going Brethren will see and understand what the Fraternity, the Country and the whole world went through at this time in the eyes of Grand Lodge.

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2nd March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF
16th March 2020 -Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire PDF 
16th March 2020 - Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire PDF 
16th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
17th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
18th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
24th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
28th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
30th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
1st April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
2nd April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
9th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
17th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
24th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
1st May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
8th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
15th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
19th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
29th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
5th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
12th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
19th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
26th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF 
3rd July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF
3rd July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF
4th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF
10th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland PDF