According to the UN, the world faces “a famine of biblical proportions”, owing to responses to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which has put some 250 million people on the brink of starvation.
What this statement has confirmed is that viruses kill, but so too does poverty. It is the working class, the low paid, the casual labourers and the unemployed who will suffer most and die, perhaps in their millions. In many cases, these are women and men with families to support, who have recently been thrown out of work.
Among them are the ill, who may have no access to necessary chronic medication. In the South African context, they may be unable or unwilling to collect medication.