Caixin
Jul 11, 2022 07:55 PM
OPINION

Editorial: Put an End to Covid Discrimination

Job seekers look for information at a job fair in Jining, Shandong province, June 30. Photo: VCG
Job seekers look for information at a job fair in Jining, Shandong province, June 30. Photo: VCG

The social and economic impact of the pandemic has become more pronounced over time. Recently, there were heated public discussions over reports of a recovered Covid-19 patient who experienced employment discrimination and slept on the streets of Shanghai. This is not an isolated incident, according to media reports. Employment discrimination not only undermines economic stability, it reflects the kind of sociological harm caused by virus fears on the ground level. While the virus has taken many lives over the past two years, it has also caused immense economic and social disruption, as well as psychological damage. There have been many reported cases of people across the world suffering from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. All of these consequences — tangible and intangible — are costs created by the pandemic. The adoption of excessive measures, one-size-fits-all approaches and even illegal control measures have also exacerbated the problem. To minimize the social costs, China needs to take a rules-based, scientific and targeted control measures to balancing Covid-19 control and economic growth.

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