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The Coronavirus Probably Isn't Coming For You

Words By Kiana Salapare
Art by Krischelle Cadao

If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clean water to drink, and some extra cash in your bank account, then this virus probably isn’t coming for you.

Many could refute this statement by saying that anyone can contract the virus and that it chooses no one to infect. Although this is true, we must recognize that there are people who are more at risk of this deadly virus—the underprivileged. The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting the poor and vulnerable. And I'll tell you why.

As the pandemic goes on and after community quarantine measures have been implemented, thousands of individuals and families are relying mainly on government subsidies to sustain themselves. Sure, people are receiving just enough food to get by; however, the problem lies in the government’s choice of cheap and highly processed food, instead of high-quality and healthier alternatives.

If you aren’t convinced, then refer to the Global Nutrition Report 2020. This report shows that the undernourished have weaker immune systems, making them 10 times more at risk of contracting the virus. In addition, workers in the informal sector are forced to stay at home without pay. As a result, their families lack a stable source of income throughout the entire quarantine period. Unfortunately, the issues don’t stop there.

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Without inclusive healthcare, people have been taking their own lives in fear that they might have contracted the virus. They do this to prevent themselves from infecting their friends and family. It’s an unfortunate reality that they see this as their only option. One reason for this is the inaccessibility to proper healthcare, especially for people from low-income households who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Because of their economic background, these individuals are denied the opportunity to get tested and treated.

It’s important to note that we shouldn’t blame the virus for these problems. Instead, we must focus our attention on solving issues such as the government’s mismanagement and incompetence in handling a health crisis, allocating more budget and resources in various sectors, and prioritizing the less privileged who are more vulnerable in this pandemic.

If you have the privilege of not experiencing these issues, don’t feel sorry. It isn’t your fault for receiving benefits because of your economic or social background. In this sense, it’s up to you to speak up and commit actions to help others. Donate to projects that support those in need. Join non-profit and civic organizations. Read and share informative, meaningful, and thought-provoking articles on your timeline. Educate yourself and others as there is always something new to learn. Engage and initiate conversations with your family, friends, and even strangers on the internet on issues that we should be talking about.

We can’t afford to turn a blind eye on these issues. Use your privilege as an opportunity to dismantle unjust systems and strive towards a more inclusive world.

If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clean water to drink, and some extra cash in your bank account, then do your part to help those who need it the most.

If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clean water to drink, and some extra cash in your bank account, then do your part to help those who need it the most.

JULY 1, 2020