Victoria M. Brown
Our current blog is authored by TheCaseMade veteran, Victoria Brown. She writes this week about the narrative we’ve seen floating on social media – my health depends on yours.
If COVID-19 is teaching us anything, it is teaching us this: we all have a stake in each other. By working together to keep others safe, we are all made safer. Families across the globe are waking up to this new reality, while also seeking answers as they face challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers in the United States and across the globe are wondering how to sustain an income and accomplish tasks that are made more difficult from home? Parents are wondering, how their children will continue to learn the subjects required for their grade level, when they don’t have access to Wi-Fi? Communities are wondering, how do they provide food for seniors who are practicing social distancing, when almost all the grocery store shelves in most neighborhoods are empty? Those who must work (despite the stay at home admonishments of policymakers) are wondering how can they stay safe when they venture out?
With all of these questions at the forefront of our minds, it becomes even more important to be vigilant about how we use language, what we say to each other, and to be careful to avoid the negative disruptors and dominant narratives like “individual responsibility”. When we fail to do so, it can make it tougher to problem-solve together. While it is true that we all need to take responsibility for what we can do, it’s going to take everybody working together to move us collectively to a different, more inclusive moment.
COVID- 19 is OUR responsibility to solve and solving it should be seen as an investment in OUR future. We believe the best responses are going to come from people banning together to create systems that are durable enough to support public health throughout the toughest times. We celebrate the efforts of so many in the medical profession who are actively working to counter those narratives that put us all in danger – preferring instead to insist that we are better together and safer when we take care of each other.
It’s unfortunate that it takes a pandemic for us to get here, but here we are! Let’s do the work to ensure that the collaboration we need to improve public health systems, carries on well after the effects of COVID-19 have subsided and life, as we know it, is back to a place of normalcy.