Op-Ed: Celebrity quarantine posts are inflaming tensions between the haves and have-nots

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Date Published: April 22, 2020

Source: Vox News

As isolation for millions around the world continues, public displays of wealth by celebrities have become an outlet for backlash. Social media has been playing an increasing role in public frustration as the chasm between the “haves and have-nots” becomes ever more apparent. For example, many public figures in the United States and around the world have been posting photos of themselves in PPE on Instagram, despite the worldwide PPE shortage, and other asymptomatic celebrities have been getting tested for SARS-CoV-2, despite officials refusing test to asymptomatic individuals within the general population. This is not limited to celebrities, however – many organizations and individuals are also reporting a surge in travelling to rural and vacation destinations, which poses a problem as these areas typically have the least healthcare and intensive care capacity. And this extends to what many consider to be mundane in their daily lives, e.g. streaming Netflix or joining Zoom calls – roughly up to 42.8 million Americans don’t have reliable access to the Internet. This has all added to the growing conversation that, while COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, it has exacerbated inequities and inequalities already present in society.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang