Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Metcalfs—Joni, 57, and Derek, 60—married in August 1983 and raised four children. When Derek lost his job with the federal government, they eventually ended up living in the streets. Recently, they found permanent housing. https://t.co/1PQDw8ijuV— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) August 12, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: One of the precautionary tasks of preventing contracting or spreading COVID-19 is careful, thorough hand washing, done before touching your face, after touching anything that is not in your home, after touching surfaces where another person may have touched, etc. Hand washing should be done several times during the day.
Imagine that you do not have the convenience of a sink, running water, or soap in order to carry out this essential task. Or imagine that you are living in a homeless shelter and find that others who live there have tested positive. How can those who test positive be isolated for the mandatory 14 days when shelters are not large enough to accommodate physical distancing in living quarters? In actuality isolation will be impossible to coronavirus will spread through the facility. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to Americans who have roofs over their heads…Imagine how much worse it is for the homeless to negotiate the pandemic world we now live in……Carol