If your categories Americans into most vulnerable groups during this coronavirus pandemic, there would be so many. From the poor class, homeless persons, detained, immigrants, unemployed to un-insured, there are countless groups. More than 1/4th of the US population has no access to medical care, medical insurance, and paid medical leaves.
As the coronavirus spreads in the USA, it is revealing the flaws and weaknesses in the US healthcare system. It is necessary to overlook these systematic problems and find solutions to fix them. Here is a list of challenges that the US government is facing right now, within all these highly vulnerable communities.
Mental health problems
More than 20% of the U.S population is suffering from various mental health problems. It makes nearly 4 million people on the verge of severe mental health diseases. In addition to that, the coronavirus pandemic has worsened things. The social distancing and self-isolation through protection from the coronavirus but they are adding to stress and anxiety in public.
It is even worse for people who are already suffering from mental health problems. This corona-linked stress is probably too much for them. All such people need a proper treatment that includes medicines plus therapy both. But as it is not an ideal situation right now. The unavailability of professional help disheartens some of the people and they might turn towards alcohol, drugs or any other psychedelic substance.
Domestic violence cases
Every1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the USA are subjected to domestic violence. There are many studies that suggest that such problems are increasing day by day. During this time of coronavirus pandemic, the intimate violence form partners have also increased as both partners remain home all the time.
China reported increased domestic violence during coronavirus where people stayed at their houses. There is another surprising fact worth mentioning here. As coronavirus pandemic has spread, there has been a high increase in gun purchases. Many experts believe it is a key factor that indicates increased domestic violence cases.
Abuse and harassment in Children
Only in the USA, more than 4 million children become a victim to abuse and harassment every year. Five children die from this abuse, isolation and fall out. The stress that coronavirus pandemic has caused has also affected children’s health especially their mental health.
Schools are closed, they are spending the whole day indoors, they can’t meet their friends, there is absolutely nothing that they can do. All of this increases mental stress. Millions of kids from low-income households are also highly affected by schools closing as they don’t have access to computers and the internet at their houses.
Health emergency, especially for pregnant women, could become a big problem. As the coronavirus pandemic started, maternity care has significantly reduced and even ignored in many parts of the world. Most of the U.S hospitals are paying more attention to suspected cases of coronavirus. The emergency centers have been converted into corona isolation units. The US already has the highest mortality rate during pregnancy, so it makes US women at high risk.
What’s the solution?
So what’s the solution to this problem? Experts believe that the solution starts when people identify their social and medical needs. All local communities need to understand the importance of seeking medical help when it is needed most. One way is to work with remote communities i.e. Champion Communities helping one of the most vulnerable communities.
The same program could be used by the U.S to ensure online help for all vulnerable communities, free of cost. Tele help should be ensured in every household to control the growing cases of child abuse, domestic violence, and medical emergencies. During this coronavirus pandemic, it’s not just the virus that needs to be controlled. For overall protection physical as well as mental health should also be taken seriously.