There is no doubt that the novel coronavirus is a great leveler. The virus makes no distinction between world leaders, rich and poor. This deadly virus, which has claimed more than 161,000 lives worldwide, now requires solidarity from everyone, regardless of social class.
However, it seems that the less fortunate communities are low-income people. These happy colleagues, like lawyers and bankers, are working in the safety of their homes, but the poorly paid professionals, whose type of work cannot be supported by the standards for working at home, continue to risk their lives to find something that can at least put on table.
To be precise, low-skilled workers such as home care workers, a hospital cleaner and delivery staff continue to work in environments where they can be exposed to infections.
While many nations around the world see self-isolation as a key approach to curbing the spread of this virus, this approach is certainly not applicable to vulnerable communities such as refugees or the homeless.
It has been shown that there are some communities around the world that are more vulnerable. These includes South America’s indigenous communities that are less exposed to the outside world are more vulnerable.
The virus cannot isolate less or more vulnerable. It has already manifested itself in one of the indigenous communities in Brazil. However, there are some other concerns that some governments are discriminating.
One case that raises some eyebrows is in the US state of Louisiana, where African Americans make up 33 percent of the total population, but 70 percent of the COVID-19 deaths that have been recorded in the state are these African Americans.
In other countries, there are also concerns about the support equipment that is considered essential to fighting this contagious virus.
There is no doubt that hospitals in China, Europe or America are equipped with intensive care units. What is surprising is that a country like Gaza, with over two million people, has 20 mechanical ventilators on hand to combat this virus. Burkina Faso, with a population of over 20 million, has only 12 intensive care beds and the Central African Republic has only three ventilators for its five million inhabitants.
But with all of this, the virus cannot spare. Burkina Faso has confirmed over 565 positive cases with 36 deaths.
There are also concerns for undeveloped countries that are still struggling with diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, measles, malaria and HIV / AIDS. Adding COVID-19 to such countries can be a deadly combination.
Moreover, the gap between available care units and potential demand is massive in any country. In high-income countries, medical oxygen is a matter of course. It is installed in the walls of every hospital room using sophisticated piping systems.
In less developed countries, this is simply not the case. Oxygen tanks require a stable power supply. Or we have to get oxygen in bottles, which is not a practical solution to an illness in which patients need it for days or weeks. In many places, there is simply no medical oxygen supply.