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Troubling Social Angst Within a Pandemic

If living under the direct health insecurities posed by the still persisting and deadly Novel Coronavirus pandemic were not enough to un-nerve the most hardy of individuals, then the apparent violent manifestation of other social angst amid the COVID-19 disease should serve as yet another troubling concern to humanity.

As worldwide infections from the deadly pathogen reach 20-million cases with more than 730,000 deaths and as infections in the United States (US) top five-million with more than 163,000 deaths, pockets of stark violence are emerging within some communities amid the pandemic.

Whether or not these social angst have been stirred by some larger event, the fact that they are increasingly occurring amid the deadly pandemic is really troubling: to wit: circulated rumors combine with police action in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, resulted in a night-long episode of violence, including the damaging of businesses, and the arrest of over 100 people; and in Washington, DC, also last weekend, perpetrators opened gun fire on a block-party shooting 21 people, one person died in that incident.

These are the types of angst that are very troubling as they persist amid the already very dead COVID-19 pandemic. The disease by its infectious nature alone demands full attention from communities in order to contain its spread. Unnecessary acts of violence detract from the gargantuan task at hand in dealing  with the pandemic. The COVID-19 fight is a fight for communities and all individuals are expected to play a part in ensuring full resources are channeled toward the defeat of the pesky pathogen and not diverted elsewhere.