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Thrive Global | Why Empathy is Lacking in Our Response to COVID-19 (and How We Can Fix It)

May 1, 2020

In the first week of Colorado’s shelter-in-place order, I stood stunned listening to a dialogue unfold between an expert on a national news program and a woman who had just lost her job.

The woman was not sure how she was going to pay her bills that were due on April 1, let alone feed herself. “This too shall pass,” was the news contributor’s response to her suffering.

Where was her empathy? How can you rationally tell someone who is two weeks from having her economic security pulled out from under her that this too shall pass?

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