Komal Vijay Shah takes a look at Covid-19 and its Impacts from an international students point of view.
Good morning Namotimes Readers,
My name is Komal Vijay Shah. I am an international student started my studying in Confederation college, I arrived in Thunder bay on December, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant loss of human life around the world, it poses an unparalleled threat to public health, food systems, and the workplace. The pandemic’s economic and social effects are devastating tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, and the number of people who are undernourished, which is currently projected to be about 690 million, could rise to 132 million by the end of the year.
The pandemic has wiped out jobs and put millions of people’s livelihoods in jeopardy. Millions of women and men’s food security and nutrition are jeopardized as breadwinners lose employment, fall ill, and die, with those in low-income countries, especially the most vulnerable communities, such as small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples, being the hardest hit. I wanted to come early but due to Covid-19, flights got cancelled and I stayed at home for around 6 months.
It was a peak of Covid-19 and in India having 1.3 billion population, people followed lockdown seriously but after some period human being get bored without social connections and physical connection. After coming to Canada, the scenario is same people get bored after 1 and half year of Covid-19.
The major loss happened to poverty-stricken people, as they do not have good saving which can be helpful to them to do nothing and use that saving. Another worst thing happened to small business, which are planning to grow in 2020 financial year, they are just faded away. Lots of immigrants are facing issue, students who completed graduation are finding difficulty to get a job. From my perspective, people should follow all government guidelines like personal protections like mask should always on when you are going to any public place.
Although feeding the planet, millions of farm workers – both salaried and self-employed – face high levels of working poverty, malnutrition, and poor health, as well as a lack of safety and labour rights, as well as other forms of violence. Because of their poor and erratic wages, as well as a lack of social protection, many of them are compelled to continue working, often in hazardous conditions, putting themselves and their families at risk. Furthermore, when faced with a loss of income, they can turn to negative coping strategies such as asset distress sales, payday loans, or child labour.
COVID-19 has an especially negative impact on countries that are currently coping with humanitarian crises or emergencies. It’s important to respond quickly to the pandemic while still ensuring that humanitarian and recovery aid reaches those who need it most.
Now is the time for global solidarity and support, particularly for the most vulnerable members of our communities, especially in emerging and developing countries.