The Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19

Story by Greyson DelGrosso, Staff Writer

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China, it has been rapidly infecting the global community at an exponential rate. As of Friday, April 3rd there are over 1 million global cases of COVID-19. 

The virus kills people, but not just through infection. The worldwide halt of commerce that has ensued puts billions of global citizens on a balance beam of survival. 

Three in 10 American adults don’t possess emergency savings, and that’s in one of the richest countries hit by this pandemic. Thousands of businesses have closed, leaving employees to feed their families without being able to leave their homes. Men and women will go bankrupt, people around the world will starve to death, and some industries affected may never recover. 

While people around the world sit idle at home, victims of domestic violence are subject to be quarantined with an abuser. People seeking therapy or other forms of medicine during a hospitalization crisis might die from neglect of treatment as cities overflow with bodies across the globe. Others may be isolated alone and deal poorly with loneliness. Social interaction is imperative for human survival – physically and emotionally. This quarantine has severed the possibility of new in-person connections. 

Citizens are perched in front of their televisions, eagerly awaiting news of what some truly believe is the end of the world. These people are bombarded and inundated with heaps of horrifying knowledge and hardly enough discourse to sort through all of it! This, combined with the levels of mental illness in this country, is unsettling to say the least. When will this lack of stimulation become so underwhelming that people begin to snap under the pressure?

Nonetheless, the only way to come back stronger from this as a species with minimal people dying is to be safe. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and don’t cough on anyone.