COVID-19 brings financial struggles to lower income families

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Due to the pandemic, lower income families have been affected, making it difficult to provide the basic necessities for their families. Wingspan's Haille Hughes shares her thoughts on those struggling from the pandemic financially.

Haille Hughes, Guest Contributor

With the number of the unemployed rising, and goods sold in stores plummeting, one can only wonder how it’s affecting those of lower income; who may not be able to  afford to buy out an entire store at a moment’s notice. Although money may not be a very prevalent problem in Frisco, it is in other parts of the United States, and it’s important to bring light to the situation.

There’s no doubt that shelves have been pretty empty recently. With everyone scared that the coronavirus is the next apocalypse, they ease their worries by preparing for it. They stock up on unnecessary items that they don’t need at the moment, only to prepare for something that might not happen. 

However, it does make sense to prepare a slight bit. Cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise as testing for it is becoming available. Due to it, some are unable to leave their house, so extra supplies makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is buying a surplus of extra supplies.

Some families live paycheck to paycheck, and can hardly afford enough when everything’s normal. On top of that, a lot are losing jobs due to the outbreak and aren’t fortunate enough to just receive paid time off, or work from home. WIth empty shelves, it makes it harder for them to provide for their families, while others can easily do so because they have the money to hoard certain items.

In times like this, it’s easy to forget about other people, and only think of how the situation affects you, but it’s important to remember those who aren’t as fortunate.