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The UN is asking for $2 billion to help conflict zones tackle the pandemic. During the past week, Syria, Libya, and Gaza all reported their first Covid-19 cases. The United Nations says that if the disease is not controlled in these places, it will affect all of us.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to have the greatest effect on the poorest and most vulnerable. Humanitarian programs have a responsibility to their workers; they can’t simply keep them in place. At the same time, the standards of health equity demand that we not forget about less fortunate

    The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to have the greatest effect on the poorest and most vulnerable. Humanitarian programs have a responsibility to their workers; they can’t simply keep them in place. At the same time, the standards of health equity demand that we not forget about less fortunate neighbors as we fight this pandemic at home.

    If we refuse, the “worst case scenarios” of the wealthy- if you’re reading this, that’s probably you- will be the norm for the poorest 50%. Social distancing isn’t feasible in an urban slum. Neither is treatment, for most of the 20% or more who will need critical care. That leads to staggering loss of life.

    This circles back around to the home front. A pandemics is tricky; even if we control it at home, all it takes is one tourist to repeat the whole scenario. COVID-19 will not be beaten at home until it is beaten everywhere. That’s the nature of communicable diseases in a global society without herd immunity.

  • To grasp the gravity of what the pandemic could mean in vulnerable places, consider Gaza. It's one of the most densely populated places on earth—home to 1.8 million people—and it's already struggling over a decade-plus Israeli blockade.

    Today, there are fewer than 100 intensive care beds in the Palestinian

    To grasp the gravity of what the pandemic could mean in vulnerable places, consider Gaza. It's one of the most densely populated places on earth—home to 1.8 million people—and it's already struggling over a decade-plus Israeli blockade.

    Today, there are fewer than 100 intensive care beds in the Palestinian territory. And Gaza reported its first Covid-19 cases on Sunday.

  • While some countries plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars, some might say that the UN is just asking for scraps to help the most vulnerable countries. It’s not a bad idea too since these countries could extend the pandemic for all of us - think of the global curve.