Pandemics are large-scale outbreaks of infectious disease that can greatly increase morbidity and mortality over a wide geographic area and cause significant economic and social issues.
A pandemics’ economic fallout has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on the rights of low income people , who were already struggling. Country’s strict lockdown may save many lives but it also snatches many livelihoods. Millions do not get paid in lockdown. Price of foods increase during pandemic. Number of extremely poor people increase day by day.
When outbreaks begin, the poor are also more likely to have already been suffering from malnutrition and immunosuppressive conditions, which can increase susceptibility to infectious diseases.
Pandemics can cause enormous economic damage as workers fall sick, people avoid markets and public places , and quarantines and disease control measures reduce travel. It carries particular risks for poor households, whose livelihoods are already precarious.
Proper actions that bring growth, remove inefficiencies and empower people reinforce strategies to reduce poverty from pandemics.