by Alyssa Clouston

2020 hasn’t been the best so far. Many disappointing events have already occurred, such as the death of Kobe Bryant. The Coronavirus has spread and gotten out of control, and the Australia fires have killed many animals and people.

The Australia Wildfires started in late 2019, and are still burning. The New South Wales bushfires have gotten out of hand, burning over 45,961,600 acres. The Bush Fire is by far the worst fire we have seen in years. The most heartbreaking part is all of the lives lost due to the fires. Almost 40 people have died, and an estimate of one billion animal lives were lost. In New Wales, 3000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive fires, even with fire fighting assistance from other countries.

The Coronavirus had a massive outbreak on January 24th in Wuhan, China. According to European CDC, the majority of the confirmed cases are in China. Another eleven cases are confirmed outside of China in twenty countries. In the US there are six cases in all. The US issued a Level Four travel advisory, telling people it isn’t safe to travel to China because of the outbreak. Wuhan is currently closed for travelers since this virus is so dangerous. Some businesses in China have stopped shipping to the US so the virus doesn’t spread further. 

On January 26th we lost the most influential basketball star to ever join the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers player #24 Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna lost their lives in a helicopter crash. They were on their way to Gianna’s basketball game that Kobe coached at in Thousand Oaks, California. Sadly, there were nine victims of the crash. The reason for the crash has not yet been determined. Many prayers go out to the victims and their families.

2020 has been filled with many unpleasant surprises and it’s only February. I can already tell that this year isn’t going to be a good one. Not only has it been awful for me so far, but everyone else has said it hasn’t been great either with Kobe Bryant’s death impacting millions of people, the Coronavirus getting out of hand, and the Australia fires taking over Australia, yet I still hope that this year will get better.