Wesley N. Watts

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There was nothing normal about the year 2020. For just the third time in history, an American president was impeached, world icons John Lewis and Kobe Bryant passed away, the country of Australia was devastated by brushfires that burned some forty-six million acres of land, and The United States faced a racial reckoning the likes of which had been unseen since the Civil Rights era. All of this took place on the heels of a global pandemic that has killed more than 4.3 million people to date and has infected 10% of the global population. These events of the year 2020 left visible scars that will be felt for a generation; however the presidential election that ensued at the end of the year and the aftermath of it, has the potential to change the fabric of America forever.

The buildup to the 2020 Presidential election was in a lot of ways overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 and is a respiratory illness that spreads through droplets and virus particles that are “released into the air when an infected person breathes, talks, laughs, sings, coughs or sneezes.” Infectious particles from the virus can linger in the air and accumulate in indoor places, which necessitates precautions such as social distancing, and mask wearing.

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