“I believe in us. I believe in you. I believe in myself. While, I don’t know how, and I don’t know when; I know—just like my ancestors knew—that we will find a way through: as long as we remember who we are and what we are capable of.”
In an attempt to alleviate massive pressure on the healthcare industry and inevitably brace for more, the U.S. is implementing several measures—from invoking emergency war-time acts to retrofitting factories to respond to unprecedented supply needs.
We can do what we can today to mitigate this crisis—but unless we continue to address the deep inequalities in our country, the groundwork for the next epidemic, and the one after, has already been laid.
The coronavirus doesn’t need a visa to enter our country, jails, hospitals, schools or neighborhoods. We put our community’s health at risk if we don’t create safe areas for those who are sick to come forward and get treatment and if we don’t institute smart and effective means of monitoring all who enter the U.S.—regardless of immigration status.
While lesbian, gay, bisexual and other queer people continue to face prejudice, discrimination and structural barriers in the South, a survey shows that trans respondents reported the worst physical and mental health, felt most uncomfortable seeking medical care and received lower-quality care than other queer people in the region.
A staggering majority of nurses, flight attendants, teachers, domestic workers and service industry workers are women, dealing with the front lines of the outbreak.
Additionally, in the majority of homes around the world, women bear the most care-taking responsibilities, creating for many a “second shift” of providing care for children, the elderly and other family members who may be sick or simply in need of additional attention.
Many of us are stunned by the coronavirus outbreak, unsure exactly what to do or how to proceed. Should we stockpile food? Work remotely from the couch? Cancel weekend plans?
But what if you don’t have enough money to feed your family in the first place? What if you can’t afford not to show up for work? What if you work in the service industry, where you can’t just work remotely? What if your community is still struggling to recover from the last financial crisis, and you have been out of work for months or years? What if your children’s school closes and they don’t have access to their usual free or reduced-price meals?
“If the court rules to strike down the entire ACA, there will be devastating consequences for everyone, but these negative outcomes will be most pronounced for the millions of women with preexisting conditions and, in particular, for women of color and women with low incomes, whose health and economic security would be most at risk.”
Many consider political polarization—the vast gap between Republicans and Democrats—to be a defining and ever-growing feature of American politics today. But an experiment called “America in One Room” set out to discover just how rigid and vast that gap is. Turns out: It’s not as solid or as wide as you may think.
One in four women will access an abortion over the course of their reproductive lives. Yet, Hyde intentionally deprives many of my patients from being able to afford this crucial type of healthcare.