In world under economic lockdown, common chants of "Lives over money" can be heard on the news and social media.
Andrew Cuomo says anything we can do to "Just save one life" is worth whatever the economic impact.
Bernie Sanders says that we should put the lives of our citizens over the livelihood of hedge fund managers..
That idea is about to be put to the test.
The coronavirus pandemic could nearly double the number of people around the world facing acute hunger, the UN's World Food Programme said Tuesday, its director warning of a looming "global humanitarian catastrophe." "We are on the brink of a hunger pandemic," David Beasley, the WFP's executive director, told the UN Security Council in a video conference.
The warning came as the WFP and other partners released a new report on food crises around the world that predicted an explosive growth in the number of people threatened with "acute food insecurity." The fourth annual Global Report on Food Crises said the number was already on the rise last year before the outbreak of the new coronavirus. But the economic impact of COVID-19 is projected by the WFP to increase the number facing food insecurity to 265 million this year, from 135 million in 2019, already the highest in the four years the report has been prepared. "With COVID-19, I want to stress that we are not only facing a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe," Beasley said. "Millions of civilians living in conflict-scarred nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of starvation, with the spectre of famine a very real and dangerous possibility," he said.
"In a worst-case scenario, we could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries, and in fact, in 10 of these countries we already have more than one million people per country who are on the verge of starvation." "COVID-19 is potentially catastrophic for millions who are already hanging by a thread," the WFP's Senior Economist Arif Husain said in a statement. "We must collectively act now to mitigate the impact of this global catastrophe," he added. The report is compiled and published annually by a number of groups and aid organisations.
In 2019, with 135 million facing "food insecurity," an estimated 36 million people died from hunger. In percentage terms, 26% of those with "food insecurity" died from a lack of food. With this UN projection of 265 million facing food insecurity in 2020, what number could we project based on the 26%? 68.9 million.
I'd ask these questions to Governor Cuomo, and those that say our stance of ending the lockdown is proof that we care about "money over lives":
Will this economic shutdown save more lives than it destroyed? Isn't that important to ask?
If I'm coming to you saying that this shutdown could literally kill millions more people than the Coronavirus, how does that mean I'm putting money over lives?