The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us around the country and around the world. It’s an unsettling time filled with concerns, challenges, and anxieties, but it’s also revealed how interconnected we are in a very personal way.
In trying times like these, the best of humanity can rise. We may be physically distant at the moment, but we remain united. Together, we will get through this.
Right now, we have the opportunity to help end demonization and anger, and move forward with empathy and kindness.
All people can get COVID-19, but some, including marginalized groups and those most at risk, can be disproportionately impacted and face additional challenges in accessing care. We must ensure that the U.S. government protects the human rights of all people, including the right to health, and supports them in all stages of this crisis.
No one should be left behind, or treated as an afterthought. Respecting human rights is not a luxury that can only be afforded once the threat to public health has been minimized.
The U.S. should set a standard for the rest of the world by putting the protection of human rights — including to health, safety, security — at the center of its response to the pandemic.