COVID-19 Changing Everything


Manuela Robles-Saenz, Staff Writer

“2020 will be our year!” As people made this comment going into the new year, little did they know about the things that were in store for us in 2020 and, in consequence, 2021… As we first heard about this virus, many didn’t think that it was going to take over the way it did or impact people’s lives the way it did. We just thought it was a little thing that sooner or later was going to go away, but little did we know it wasn’t.  

The first case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. We have been living with this for about a year, going on two. Covid has turned into something “normal”, something that at this point we may have to live with for the rest of our lives. This virus has affected our day-to-day life, businesses,  disrupted world trade, and movements. It has also taken things from us such as our social life, education, and, sadly, loved ones. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented to public health, food systems, and the world of work. The economic and social disruption is devastating. Tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase up to 132 million by the end of the year. 

Nearly half of the world’s 3.3 billion global workforces are at risk of losing their livelihoods. There were nearly ten million mothers of young children in the labor force. Four times as many women as men dropped out of the labor force in September, roughly 865,000 women compared with 216,000 men.  The pandemic has decimated jobs and placed millions of livelihoods at risk. Not only that but has impacted our education, making it harder for students to attend school and harder to learn, also making it harder for teachers to teach and have difficulties helping their students. The impact of COVID-19 in daily life is extensive and has far-reaching consequences.