Social Impact of COVID-19

Social Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It is a human, social, and economic crisis. This pandemic attacks society to its core. The COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect populations including people in poor situations, older people, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and youths. The pandemic will also create an increase in inequality, discrimination, and global unemployment in the medium and long term if not properly addressed through the policy of social crisis. 

Older people

Those with a chronic health condition are particularly susceptible to the risk of infection from COVID-19. Older people are less proficient in supporting themselves in isolation and just not struggling with their health risks. Even though social distancing is needed to lessen the spread of the infection, if not applied correctly, such measures can lead to increased social isolation of them at a time when they may need support. 

People with disabilities

Even before the pandemic, people with disabilities are facing challenges in accessing health-care services. The risks of infection from COVID-19 for them are compounded by other issues. Some issues include disruption of support and services and being excluded from health information and mainstream health provision. For people with disabilities, the general individual self-care and other preventive measures can cause challenges. Some of them may have difficulties in implementing measures to keep their place clean. Washing hands often and cleaning homes can be a challenge because of physical impairments, interrupted services, or environmental barriers. Others may not be able to practice social distancing. Some of them need a support from other people for everyday self-care tasks. 

Indigenous people 

Indigenous people may be vulnerable at this time due to way higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases. It may also be due to a lack of ethnically proper healthcare and a lack of access to essential services. A great total of indigenous people who are outside of the social defense system most likely contribute to exposure. If they are dependent on income from a broader economy, they are most likely to be exposed to the infection.  However, indigenous people are also looking for their resolutions to this pandemic. They are taking action and using their traditional facts and practices as preventive measures. 

Youths 

The governments called the youth to embrace the effort to protect themselves and the overall population. Youth are in a position to help those who are most vulnerable. Youth can also help in increasing public health social awareness campaigns. Hence, youth are unsafe to preventing the spread of the virus and its impact on public health, society, and the economy at large.

In terms of employment, youth are excessively unemployed. Those who are working frequently work in the gig economy or informal economies that are likely to be severely affected by the pandemic. 

There are also more than a billion youth that are no longer physically in school after the closure of schools and universities. The disruption in education and learning could have medium and long-term consequences on the quality of education. However, the efforts of the school admins, teachers, local and national government have come up with an alternative learning system. It is through online classes in the middle of the unpredicted circumstances that are happening.