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Who should you help during the coronavirus pandemic? Show more Show less

With death tolls mounting, hospitals overflowing, unemployment skyrocketing, and much of the population confined to their homes, there is no shortage of people in need. But who should you help during the coronavirus pandemic? Where are the efforts best spent in order to do the most good?

Help Asian communities Show more Show less

The Asian community have been among the hardest hit by the demand slump caused by COVID-19.
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Asian businesses have been hit hardest

Every business is suffering, but Asian-owned businesses are among the worst affected by the novel coronavirus.
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Context

Due to the coronavirus originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan (and claims it was linked to Asian eating habits), many patrons have stopped buying from Asian food establishments.

The Argument

We need to help the communities that have been affected most by declining consumer demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. No community has been affected more than the Asian community. Even before isolation measures were introduced, Asian-American businesses saw a reduction in business by 80%. This was likely due to the virus originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan and allegations that Asian eating habits led to the first human COVID-19 case. [1]

Counter arguments

Asian restaurants may have gotten us into this mess. There were reports that the coronavirus may have initially infected humans in China due to the consumption of a COVID-19-infected bat. If this is true, then Asian restaurants should be the last industries we should help.[2]

Framing

We need to help the communities that have suffered most.

Premises

[P1] We need to help the businesses that are the worst affected. [P2] Asian businesses are the worst affected. [P3] Therefore, we need to help Asian businesses.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] We shouldn't help industries that exacerbated or caused the pandemic. [Rejecting P2] Asian businesses may have caused the pandemic. [Rejecting P3] Therefore, we shouldn't help Asian businesses.

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References

  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/people-are-coming-together-across-u-s-support-local-chinatowns-n1155586
  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/18/coronavirus-sen-john-cornyn-says-chinese-eating-bats-spread-virus/2869342001/

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This page was last edited on Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020 at 09:57 UTC