Stay Home? Wash Hands? But 1.8 Billion Remain Homeless & 3.0 Billion Have No Access to Water | Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, May 14 2020 (IPS) – The relentless battle against the devastating coronavirus pandemic has been underlined by several widespread advisories from health experts – STAY HOME. WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR MASK. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE.

But the UK-based WaterAid and UN Habitat in Nairobi point out the paradox in at least two of the warnings: a staggering 3.0 billion people worldwide have no water to wash their hands and over 1.8 billion people have no adequate shelter—or homes to go to.

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has undermined the UN’s battle against extreme poverty and hunger, and upended its longstanding campaign for “water and sanitation for all” and shelter for the homeless -– all of which are an integral part of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The poorest people in the world are being left to face the COVID-19 pandemic alone,” says WaterAid, “with not even the most basic defence — clean water and a bar of soap”, one way to prevent the spread of the disease.

In 2018, says Habitat, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless reported that homelessness had skyrocketed across the continent.

And in the United States, 500,000 people are currently homeless, 40 per cent of whom are unsheltered.

Stay Home? Wash Hands? But 1.8 Billion Remain Homeless & 3.0 Billion Have No Access to Water | Inter Press Service

AGR: How do 1.8 homeless people and 3 billion poor people globally (half the world population) follow these orders of masking up, washing hands, isolating and not working, when they don’t even have the basic things like running water, toilets, electricity, or homes? They cannot afford masks for their whole family, because that is the basic survival food money.

Half the world population lives on 2 dollars per day, working every day in close contact with many other people. If they don’t work, they literally starve to death, because there is no food storage system, due to a lack of refrigerators, toilets, running water, electricity and modern hygiene standards in the ‘rich’ countries that can afford to follow these technocrat ‘orders’.

The orders to stay under house arrest, away from other people, wear masks, and wash hands frequently with clean sanitized water can only be followed by the rich and privileged ‘white’ countries, but not by poor third world countries.