Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Some countries, including much of Europe, Asia, and parts of the U.S., have shut schools and restaurants and even closed borders as a response.
We talked to people living in countries impacted by the pandemic to hear how their governments have responded — and how it’s affecting them.
“Awareness is going everywhere. There are signs in the streets,” said Waleed Almazyad, who lives in Saudi Arabia. “We keep getting spam messages on our phones. Twitter is filled with ads.”
In Texas, Sierra Rowe, 24, described a community with extreme reactions.
“There’s either just extreme panic where people are stockpiling, or lots of apathy where people just don’t really care,” Rowe, an online English teacher, said.