Covid-19 has taught us many things, how to manage our lives and economy, how to wisely spend our time, how to live a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. But it also has shown us in the disparities of our public health and the social infrastructure provided, It is well known that the community that affected the most in the current condition are the lower income community, as they are the community who relied upon public health and public infrastructure the most.
On the contrary the upper echelon in our society are those who tends to not relied upon the community based or public base because they have been more self-sustained and are capable of surviving in a more individual state of living. COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how interconnected and vulnerable we all are, and how much our well-being is dependent as much on what those around us do as it is on what we do ourselves. When others do not have the opportunity to be healthy by engaging in social distancing, it puts all of us at risk.
This is much more apparent with an infection like this than it might be for another type of condition. Even if you telework and wear a mask to avoid spreading your germs to others, you may still be affected by essential workers who had to go out to do necessary tasks but did not have protection. They may have used public transportation which exposed them to the virus, or they may have been working while sick because they had no paid sick leave and were afraid of losing their job. And If these essential workers get sick, we may not be able to get needed food or supplies.
The pandemic could bring a shift in thinking toward valuing all people regardless of background, economics, or what is on the surface. We know now more than ever that every member of our society is important. It may force us to come up with new ways, including technology, to connect everyone with the things they need, from food, education, and work, to worship, social connection, and entertainment. COVID-19 has also pushed us to ensure that more people have their basic needs met, because it has now become a matter of life or death.