Socioeconomic Problems During The Time Of COVID-19

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is much more than a health problem. The outbreak has had significant impacts on society and economies. As we all take steps towards learning to live with the “new normal,” let’s take a look at how the disease has affected us and what problems we still have to address.

Limits On Education

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Quarantine protocols have schools of all levels to suspend operations. UNESCO estimates that these closures affect about 1.2 billion learners from 182 different countries. This number amounts to 73.5% of enrolled students.

Many of the affected schools were not ready for alternative learning arrangements. Some have adopted online teaching to continue classes. However, this set-up creates a further problem for students without access to computers or the internet. Those who come from impoverished communities thus have an additional burden of trying to accomplish schoolwork while also fearing for their health and safety.

Loss Of Income And Rise Of Unemployment

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Along with the closure of schools, several businesses have also temporarily closed down. For most countries, only those that deal with essential goods and services continue to operate. These establishments include restaurants and other food chains, pharmacies, clinics, and the like. 

Because many businesses are closed, some have taken to retrenching. Millions of workers have seen unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. China reports that about 5 million of its citizens became unemployed within the first two months of the new year due to the outbreak.

And although not unemployed, there are millions of others still suffering from a loss of income. While some will have jobs to go back to after this health crisis is over, they are not currently earning as businesses have stopped operating. Many establishments follow a “no work, no pay” policy. This rule means that employees don’t make money unless they go to work.

Rise In Domestic Violence

Another social issue that has worsened during this pandemic is domestic violence. As national policies ask for people to stay at home, those in abusive households cannot escape their abusers. Many are calling it the “silent pandemic” as reported cases have spiked since the beginning of the outbreak.

As many share a home with their abusers, they also cannot find opportunities to seek out support. “Imagine you are somewhere with no privacy whatsoever during this lockdown,” registered psychotherapist Eran Hahn, MD, explains. “It’s unlikely you will go into a bathroom or closet and feel comfortable discussing your deepest traumas.”

Increase In Discrimination

Despite the virus affecting everyone in some way, discrimination continues to divide humanity. Since the news broke out about a new disease on the rise in Wuhan, people from certain groups have begun experiencing judgment from others.

One such demographic experiencing hatred from others is the Asian community. Because the virus first started infecting people in China, many have taken to calling it a “Chinese disease.” Many Asians, regardless of whether they were actually from China, have experienced discrimination and even physical violence. Some have reported people shouting at them to go back to their home countries or to not go out of their homes.

Also facing discrimination are those suffering from the coronavirus as well as their relatives. On top of having to deal with the disease, they also face fear from communities that fear them to be infectious.

And despite the critical role they play, health workers are likewise facing judgment from others. People who are fearful of contracting the disease have experienced acts of aggression and even physical violence towards them. A pair of men threw chlorine at a hospital utility worker from the Philippines who was on his way home from a hospital after work.

Risk Of Recession

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Experts are looking at a severe global recession that they’re calling “The Great Lockdown.” As several industries are on hold due to quarantine measures, many businesses are not operating and earning. Unemployment is also on the rise as more and more individuals are experiencing lay-offs.

Likewise, financial markets remain unstable. Prices of goods such as crude oil continue on a downward trajectory. The world also saw a global stock market crash early in the year. While the health crisis was not the only cause, it played a significant role in affecting the financial and stock market.

Summary

As the pandemic looms on, public health is not the only issue that countries are currently facing. Social and economic problems are as severe and require the attention of governments and their citizens.

These problems include the lack of access to education for all, unemployment and loss of income, and increased domestic violence. Discrimination against others is also on the rise, and a global recession threatens the economy of all nations.

Poverty And Mental Health Issues

 

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Statistics show that people with serious mental health issues are more likely to be unemployed, homeless, unmarried and poorer than the average population. — John Smith Ph.D.

Poverty comes in many forms. It is not just about people who have no income, those with no home, and who only eats once a day. Different cultures and political systems play a part in this struggle. Knowing this, it also has an impact on a person’s physical and mental health, among other determinants. The educational background, their community, ethnicity, social status and immigration status, health care, and the environment are also determinants. All these mentioned can have a positive or a negative effect on one’s mental health and well-being, according to a therapist

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Here’s How The 2015 Bellevue Economic Development Summit Empowers Small Businesses

The 2015 Bellevue Economic Development Summit was meant to give small businesses the chance to improve further their operations to be successful online marketers and, after that, become instrumental parts of the country’s economy. This summit helps small business owners in four practical ways:

Learning The Financials

Experts teach business owners the effects of investing in online marketing on their financial statements, particularly their cash flows. Thus, they can learn about how to maximize the cost they put in their marketing efforts properly. Moreover, business owners are encouraged to develop a risk mindset that would allow them to spot strategic issues right before they burst into business chaos and mitigate them efficiently.

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Understanding The Marketing Concepts

Marketing is more than just advertising and promotion. It entails a whole message anchored on consumer perception that the business can use to drive consumer behavior in such a way that would be favorable for the company. Online marketing, to be effective, has to be targeted and focused; lest it is just a bunch of ads that people will ignore day in and day out.

Improving Business Models

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Being customer-focused in the physical world is different from the virtual world of the Internet. Physically, businesses need a lot of face-to-face customer contact to hook customers. But in using online platforms, businesses need an easy-to-recall, sensible, and relatable message that would keep customers interested. As such, it would entail some shift in a company’s business model—a change that a business would need for it to cascade properly before it translates into reality.

Discovering Digital Opportunities

Finally, digital opportunities are exactly what a business needs to make all the planning and organizing a living, breathing, profit-generating mechanism for the company. This seminar opens up doors for partnerships among firms to build effective online presence platforms that would be resilient to challenges and changes in trends among the target market.

Summits like these are significant especially for small businesses as they navigate the way towards the digital world of marketing nowadays. Consistent online visibility, when properly monitored and implemented, translates to higher business volumes and long-term success.

Exploring The Social And Economic Aspects Of Mental Wellness 

People once treated signs of mental illness as punishments from a higher being. This would often mean that the afflicted person would not receive the proper care they need. As time passed, our understanding of these cases has changed. We now know better thanks to research and developments in psychology.

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The Benefits Of Social Media In Promoting Tourism 

In terms of its effects on individuals, social media has been perceived by many to have a generally negative connotation to the human minds. At this hour, I think it’s reasonable that we deviate a little from that thought as social media has another side. In a world of digital connectivity, these social media platforms have found a way to rock the tourism industry and travel businesses – that is through effective, extensive advertising and marketing.  

 

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