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Compounded by the pandemic, health and societal problems are surfacing as reopening begins

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, Pope Francis as seen in 2015. Image created by Mainly Twelve, CC BY SA 4.0.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to compound existing health and societal problems. These issues surface as reopening efforts begin. They have generated debate in politics surrounding what life “post-pandemic” will look like for global society, citing Forbes. Even religious leaders paused to give opinions.CNN shared the thoughts of Pope Francis, who warned the public against “individualism” post coronavirus. Pope Francis warned against “reverting” to the practices associated with individualism when coronavirus pressure lifts. Pope Francis also congratulated Roman priests for showing “courage and love” to the public in the time of societal pandemic suffering. 

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 The Center Square shared a report from Greg Bishop and a photo from the Associated Press that details rising non-coronavirus-related pandemic health issues and societal problems. The report showcases a study that was conducted in Illinois. It follows the trajectory of societal concerns that surface from Governor Pritzker’s five phase reopening plan. At the time of this report, Illinois was on the fourth reopening phase. 

The report found that violent crime was compounded in Chicago. Crime rates trend down as a general rule, but homicide and shootings have spiked. 

The Well Being Trust projected that death generated by public despair will spike. The slow recovery from COVID-19 is expected to compound the high statistical rates of suicide. The Center Square shared the excerpt of the report that was published by The Well Being Trust in partnership with the Robert Graham Center. 

“Sadly, these factors impact some communities more than others in significant and consequential ways, especially racial and ethnic minority populations, people who are lower-income, or people who live in rural areas. Without attention to these issues, our nation will continue to drive an increase in health disparities,” said The Well Being Trust with Robert Graham Center, as quoted by Greg Bishop. 

The evidence that unrest and societal issues compound COVID-19 exists as early as two weeks ago. The Star Tribune shared a report from the Filipino leader calling on the U.S. to absolve its internal unrest. The Filipinio leader Rodrigo Duterte states his opinion  that unrest in the United States will hurt the coronavirus fight. Duterte was disgruntled with the delay in aid within the Philippines and directly compared Filipinio quarantine status  to the U.S. fight. 

“Filipinos are really law-abiding.” said Duterte noting that the Philippines was not “going through unrest like America.” This was quoted indirectly by the Star Tribune, shared from the Associated Press on June 4. 

Duterte’s comments strongly infer that the coronavirus crisis compounds social issues on a global scale. It applies to American domestic politics, but it also highlights a negative social opinion of the United States in foreign leaders’ eyes. 

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The United States is not the only region that has suffered direct compounding issues from coronavirus as a health and public security factor. In the past two weeks, the Gadsden Times reported that the United Nations Chief fears coronavirus-related issues will erode security in the African Sahel. This was shared to Gadsden Times by the Associated Press on June 4. 

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