Fact: The effects of Coronavirus ECQ/Lockdown are not the same for everyone.
Though we know that the lockdown is being implemented to restrict people’s movement to contain the virus, many are greatly affected by this, especially the urban poor communities.
As the Coronavirus spreads around the globe, the lives of many have come to a standstill.
Countries are shutting themselves off from the rest of the world. Millions of people are suffering in societies where the virus hits.
Coronavirus is a disease that does not respect the barriers that separate the rich from the poor. Everyone is at risk of infection, but certainly the poor are hit the hardest.
Studies show that countries with low economic levels are prone to infection as poverty can lead to higher rates of transmission and death.
The following points show the effects of Coronavirus and how inequality/socioeconomic levels differently affect everyone:
- Social distancing is a distant reality within a family of five or more people who live in a single room house.
- Those from the upper-middle-class and upper-class with large houses can enjoy social distancing.
WORK AND FINANCES
- Some employees can work in the comfort of their homes instead of going to the office. Having a job that can be done from home is a privilege.
- Working-class people depend more on public transportation, where they’re at greater risk of contracting the virus. Some employees have to use their leaves because of the lockdown. Above all, “no work, no pay” policy is implemented.
- The food delivery drivers, construction workers, for instance, rely on their day-to-day earnings, that is why they cannot stop working due to lack of savings or financial support.
- Low income earning families and the unemployed have no savings to help them through the week or a month-long quarantine.
- The rich can afford to stay at home because they have most of the things they need.
- The rich can go to the hospital for their treatment, while those from the urban poor communities will avoid tests and hospitals. They will, however, continue selling on the sidewalks or collecting garbage even while sick.
- Some families cannot afford to stock up on weeks of food and supplies. They will starve without assistance from the government.
- Others are fortunate to be able to have enough food at home and can go on even without aid from the government.
As we deal with the virus, the world today is in a state of confusion and grief. In these difficult times, choose to lend a helping hand. Let us always choose kindness.