Coronavirus in WordPress

Apparently, no one is left in the “war” against Coronavirus. Till now, COVID-19 has been affecting 199 countries and territories on 6 continents. Recently, it starts “spreading” to the WordPress repository.

Within a week, WordPress has found out approximately 15 new “cases” relating to the Coronavirus. They include corona data update, corona banner, corona pop-up just to name a few. Let’s dig deeper into how this Coronavirus outbreak has become a pandemic and why we have to keep our eyes on it.

Coronavirus is not a “Hoax”

Coronavirus was recognized as a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020. The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus is gradually spreading across the globe with more than 1 million cases reported, and over 53,000 deaths.

Patients with coronavirus will have some flu-like symptoms including fever, dry cough, fatigue, and difficult breathing in the beginning. However, these symptoms are usually mild and only develop gradually between 2 to 10 days after contracting the virus.

Some people get infected but don’t develop any symptoms. They even feel well at first. That’s probably what makes the outbreak become a pandemic. People could easily become carriers and start transmitting the virus to others. Those aged 65 years and older or with existing medical conditions are the most vulnerable to coronavirus.

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How WordPress Deals with Coronavirus

Realizing the seriousness of this pandemic, a lot of plugin developers have decided to publish helpful coronavirus-related plugins on the WordPress repository. Not only do these plugins raise public awareness about the disease but they also update the latest information and statistics to the WordPress community. Let’s check out the following “Coronavirus” plugins:

  1. Corona Virus Data
  2. Corona Virus (COVID-19) Banner
  3. COVID-19 Live Statistic
  4. Coronavirus COVID-19 – Live Map

1. Corona Virus Data

Within a short period of time, the plugin has got more than 900 active installations. The main purpose of this plugin is to display the Coronavirus cases data of the whole world or specific countries with the shortcode [cov2019] or [cov2019all].

The plugin developer makes it easier for non-English speaking users by supporting 8 different languages. And of course, it’s free to use.

 2. Corona Virus (COVID-19) Banner

This simple plugin allows site admins and owners to place a COVID-19 notice on their web pages. More than 1,000 active installations within a few weeks prove its usefulness.

Here are some examples of what the banner is gonna look like on your website.

Corona Pop-up Banner
Corona Notice Banner

3. COVID-19 Live Statistic

This plugin provides live statistics tracking the numbers of Corona new cases, recovers, and deaths by country or in the whole world. Some useful features worth mentioning include shortcode flexibility (display the statistic everywhere in your site), real-time update, and speed optimization.

This is the screenshot of the full design display:

4. Coronavirus COVID-19 – Live Map

The plugin uses data from reliable sources including WHO, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China.

The plugin not only brings the most accurate and latest Coronavirus update to users but also allows them to customize the design, description, and display.

The Whole World Needs Us

Even though all the plugins above give users different ways to update the current situation of this pandemic, their sole aim is to remind users about the danger and seriousness of this Coronavirus.

Besides keeping up with the COVID-19 information, everyone should practice good personal hygiene and avoid going outside as much as possible. What’s more, follow advisory and guidance from the local government to minimize your risk of getting coronavirus infection.

Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hand
  • Wear a mask if you have to go outside and have conversations with others
  • Keep social distancing and physical distancing
  • Avoid congregate settings or mass gathering
  • Comply “shelter in place” order
  • Stay home
  • Self-quarantine if needed
  • Don’t be panic buying, hoarding or even stockpiling
  • Install Coronavirus-related plugins to update information

Don’t forget…

Protecting yourself and those around you against coronavirus infection is crucial during this period. So is protecting important digital files on your website.

Don’t forget, online businesses are the least affected by the pandemic. You don’t want people to steal your digital assets as well, do you?

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