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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

It was the beginning of 2020, the world plunged into chaos as a new virus swept across the globe known later as the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, the life that we knew turned upside down. Schools closed, businesses shuttered, and hospitals stretched to their limits. On March 11, 2020, the WHO director-general declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

As the pandemic spread, it became clear that it was impacting some communities more than others. People of color, those with low incomes, and essential workers were particularly vulnerable, as they often worked in jobs that required them to be near others, putting them at greater risk of contracting the virus.

Donate Essentials was founded amid the pandemic, with the mission to provide essential resources and support vulnerable populations while addressing healthcare inequalities that often go unnoticed. We spread our efforts at the pandemic's beginning by sewing masks and making cards to uplift vulnerable communities.

Recently, on May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of the global health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision comes after more than three years since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 13, 2020. As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, societies, and individuals grapple with its lasting effects on health, economies, education systems, and social structures. Governments and financial institutions work tirelessly to stimulate economies through financial relief for businesses, infrastructure projects, and extended unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, the education sector has experienced a shift towards remote learning, which has served as a lifeline for many while simultaneously exposing existing inequalities in access to education and technology. In the aftermath of the pandemic, countries, communities, and individuals are rebuilding, adapting, and finding new ways to thrive, integrating lessons learned and innovative solutions to overcome the challenges posed by this unprecedented global crisis.

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