American cities are cancelling music festivals, conventions and other events that bring people together. The entire country of Italy is under quarantine until at least April 3. The TV shows “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” are filming indefinitely without live audiences, and professional sports leagues are making plans to play games in front of empty stadiums. In western Wisconsin, the Osceola School District on Tuesday canceled all classes after someone with coronavirus attended an event there over the weekend.
We’re still at the beginning of the outbreak, and already COVID 19 is changing lives across the world. In the Bay Area, health officials are preparing for what may be the inevitable — the first local case and the cascade of measures that would have to be taken to prevent it spreading.