Corruption is on the rise, but who is being punished?

Corruption is on the rise, but who is being punished?

Skyler Maupin, Staff Reporter

Corruption is not just about money or work, it has a way bigger spectrum. That spectrum is the government itself. A prime example of the corruption that is occurring in our world today is the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an excuse for many countries, not just the U.S, as a sidestep away from important checks and balances. Financial corruption goes over into law enforcement and the judiciary. This can lead to impunity for the more serious crimes. The rights of humans suffer as a result of this, this year alone, corrupt countries account for almost all murders of human rights defenders around the world.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, millions of people lost their jobs and were unemployed and unable to support themselves. The pandemic cannot be an excuse for this corruption that is occurring. People around the world are experiencing many negative points because of the corruption and financial problems that are occuring.

Some merchants have sold ineffective products like poorly manufactured masks or unaccurate tests. The response to the virus was basically the creation of chances to exploit and take funds away from the people when they needed it the most. In Virginia 73.7% of the state is fully vaccinated and 82.3% of Virginia has at least one dose. There has been 997 thousand deaths from Covid-19 in the US. Approximately 90 billion dollars have been spent on vaccines or treatments but it is not very effective.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused pain and suffering for many families. According to the most recent pandemic estimate from the US alone, rent debt is up of 20 billion dollars. More than a quarter of Americans and 43% of renting families report they cannot pay their rent or mortgage. That is insane and it puts stress on so many Americans in the US and even in other countries.