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Markets have limited scope to deal with disasters, so fiscal measures need to be put in place, and social safety nets of some sort need to be maintained so that, in times of crisis, desperate situations do not become much much worse than they have to be. With a third of US citizens not receiving paid sick leave, people cannot just stay home even in times of massive viral outbreak, many illnesses are needlessly spread in this way due to the lack of social welfare infrastructure. Meanwhile the World Health Organisation’s simple message during this pandemic is to “test test test” as a measure to stay ahead of the virus, but many countries have no healthcare system, wide spread poverty, and are incapable of carrying out reasonable efforts to contain the outbreak, with even some of the world’s richest countries struggling to deal with it. In this way capitalism has failed to construct a system that works, and societies need to have comprehensive social safety nets in place, this pandemic is pulling back on the curtain on the rampant inequality in global systems, and highlighting an urgent need for deep changes worldwide.