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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 2020

Page posted 29th June 2020 - Last Updated 21 Nov 2020 09:45

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 21 November 2020, more than 57.6 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.37 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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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20th November 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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13th November 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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6th November 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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30th October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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23rd October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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23rd October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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16th October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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9th October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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2nd October 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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25th September 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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18th September 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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11th September 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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11th September 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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4th September 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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28th August 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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21st August 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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14th August 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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13th August 2020 - Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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11th August 2020- Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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7th August 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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31st July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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28th July 2020 - Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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24th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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17th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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10th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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4th July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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3rd July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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3rd July 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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30th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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26th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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19th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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12th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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5th June 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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29th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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19th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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15th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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8th May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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1st May 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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24th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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17th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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9th April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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2nd April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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1st April 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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30th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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28th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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24th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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18th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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17th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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16th March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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16th March 2020 - Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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16th March 2020 -Issued by the Provincial. Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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2nd March 2020 - Issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland

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