Recognizing your privilege during Coronavirus spread

As you evaluate your owns risks for Coronavirus, it's also important to think about the risks of others. While you may be young, healthy, have good healthcare and paid time off, others in your own community are not as fortunate. We all see the world through our own lense, but others' perspectives may be different.

Posted: Mar 14, 2020 7:48 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - As you evaluate your owns risks for Coronavirus, it's also important to think about the risks of others. While you may be young, healthy, have good healthcare and paid time off, others in your own community are not as fortunate. We all see the world through our own lense, but others' perspectives may be different.

"Think about the impact of your potential illness on those around you, those you come in contact with," says Dee Sabol, executive 

"Watch for opportunities to support other," says Dee Sabol, executive director of the Diversity Council. Privilege is always a conversation at the Diversity Council, but as the community grapples with Coronavirus, privilege is an important consideration.. Coronavirus may impact certain members of our community in different ways than others. People who have disabilities, are homeless, unemployed or underemployed, without access to health care or health insurance, without child care, without paid time off may face significant obstacles.

While some of us may get sick with Coronavirus and survive the virus unscathed, others may not be as lucky. "Think about the impact of your potential illness on those around you, those you come in contact with," adds Sabol.

KIMT spoke with Kim Sin, a member of Rochester's Cambodian community about concerns the community has about the virus. One of the biggest obstacles is a language barrier. "The information is not in Cambodian. Because we have a lot of older folks that do not really understand," he explains. Many people who do not read or speak English are getting their information through word of mouth, which is not always fully accurate.

Sin says many members of the Cambodian community work in manufacturing and hospitality jobs, which are industries facing uncertainty. They are concerned about access to health care, paid time off, and job security. "A lot of the community members and the Cambodians as well, we live from paycheck to paycheck, so companies shutting down, that's going to affect them tremendously," he says.

Sin also notes that he's seen an increase in racism against the Asian-American community since the outbreak and wants to remind people that the virus doesn't descriminate, and anyone can and will get sick regardless of race.

As we practice social distancing during the outbreak, Sabol wants to remind people that this practice can further isolate marginalized members of our community. "Individuals with disabilities, older americans, people who have language barriers are going to feel that isolation and that dislocation more," she says. She also believes staying educated and informed from local sources such as Olmsted County Public Health is a good way for people to keep their privilege in check.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 93012

Reported Deaths: 2040
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin26447926
Ramsey10697319
Dakota7354125
Anoka5935132
Stearns390924
Washington368955
Scott250033
Olmsted236728
Nobles195416
Blue Earth16476
Wright15737
St. Louis148039
Carver13897
Clay134040
Rice13228
Mower13125
Sherburne112514
Kandiyohi9722
Winona86318
Lyon6674
Waseca6128
Steele5332
Freeborn5323
Benton5303
Nicollet52116
Watonwan5164
Todd4872
Crow Wing48118
McLeod4752
Chisago4711
Le Sueur4524
Otter Tail4224
Beltrami4055
Martin37210
Goodhue3519
Pine3090
Itasca30314
Polk2984
Douglas2862
Isanti2790
Becker2642
Carlton2561
Cottonwood2240
Morrison2221
Dodge2180
Pipestone21710
Chippewa2061
Meeker1942
Sibley1863
Wabasha1830
Brown1822
Yellow Medicine1752
Rock1640
Cass1593
Murray1582
Mille Lacs1543
Redwood1541
Unassigned15052
Renville1427
Jackson1411
Faribault1360
Swift1271
Houston1210
Koochiching1213
Kanabec1178
Roseau1170
Pennington1161
Fillmore1110
Lincoln1080
Hubbard941
Stevens941
Pope920
Big Stone760
Aitkin751
Wadena670
Wilkin613
Grant594
Lake580
Norman530
Lac qui Parle501
Marshall501
Mahnomen461
Red Lake421
Traverse290
Clearwater270
Lake of the Woods211
Kittson120
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 83644

Reported Deaths: 1294
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk15697261
Woodbury526363
Johnson508627
Black Hawk443688
Linn3941110
Story340517
Dubuque310141
Scott292628
Dallas275138
Pottawattamie206838
Buena Vista197212
Marshall177034
Sioux15043
Wapello131457
Webster121614
Plymouth110420
Clinton109920
Muscatine109154
Crawford10655
Cerro Gordo101821
Warren9486
Jasper81732
Des Moines7647
Marion7536
Tama70431
Henry6854
Carroll6535
Lee6207
Wright5721
Dickinson5086
Boone5008
Bremer4837
Washington45311
Louisa42815
Mahaska39119
Delaware3833
Franklin34618
Floyd3363
Jackson3303
Winneshiek3246
Hamilton3223
Clay3164
Lyon3074
Benton3061
Hardin2951
Winnebago28913
Poweshiek2788
Butler2672
Buchanan2651
Clarke2643
Jones2643
Emmet26010
Shelby2581
Allamakee2566
Kossuth2540
Chickasaw2470
Clayton2443
Sac2440
Guthrie2416
Cedar2381
Cherokee2352
Grundy2193
Madison2122
Fayette2112
Harrison2073
Iowa1981
Mitchell1880
Howard1866
Humboldt1843
Palo Alto1830
Calhoun1793
Hancock1772
Mills1771
Cass1602
Monroe15710
Pocahontas1562
Lucas1536
Page1530
Osceola1510
Monona1451
Jefferson1371
Appanoose1333
Union1283
Taylor1271
Davis1244
Ida1151
Van Buren1131
Fremont1100
Keokuk1051
Worth1040
Greene990
Montgomery905
Wayne852
Audubon811
Adair691
Decatur670
Ringgold492
Adams330
Unassigned40
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