By: Rebecca Yao, Kinshuk Kumar, A. Taylor Thomas
“Absurdly Sluggish.” “Dangerous Delays.” Alarming headlines have flooded news outlets about what even experts have called a “laughably small number of tests” in the US for COVID-19. At a time when the World Health Organization has been urging countries to, “Test, test, test. Test every suspected case,” the United States simply cannot.
The lack of test kits continues to cause frustration and confusion, but it does not have to.
Riddled with anxiety, even those with mild symptoms are rushing to find out their COVID-19 status. Countless people have recalled stories of being shuffled from one provider to the next and waiting hours in the emergency room to be tested, only to be turned away. …
Your daily routine has changed in innumerable ways. Some changes have been minor, and some major. Many have been challenging.
People living with autism have had more changes in their routine than most others— caregivers, support staff, and daily occupations are inaccessible. Many people with autism spectrum disorder are even more stressed by these changes than other individuals. And many have even more difficulty navigating the overwhelming information about this pandemic we all need to comprehend for our safety.
Everyone in the Autistic Community is bearing this load — caregivers are feeling overburdened, providers are scrambling to replicate their services remotely. …
As our generation watches COVID-19 take its toll, we’re realizing this pandemic sits at the intersection of many movements we hold dear: social justice, health justice, and environmental justice. Students have stepped up to the plate before and fought for those who can’t. With millions of lives at stake, it’s time for us to hit it out of the park.
This pandemic has disproportionately harmed underprivileged groups. Employees in the food, hospitality, transportation, and retail sectors are missing paychecks. More than 22 million people have lost their jobs, with millions more to come. Wage, shift, and gig workers suffered first. Those living paycheck to paycheck, with the least wealth and savings, will suffer most. …