Oct 2, 2017
Health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County. The outbreak was first recorded in San Diego County, where 450 people are affected and at least 16 have died of the virus. The virus spreads from person to person by ingesting fecal matter through food, sexual contact and sharing of drug paraphernalia.
Of course, the big problem in L.A. is rising homelessness. The homeless population is especially vulnerable to the virus because of the extremely unsanitary conditions, including little or no access to bathrooms or clean running water.
As this hepatitis outbreak shows, homelessness is a serious problem for all of us – for the whole society. But politicians treat the homelessness problem as a nuisance that can be resettled some place far away, rather than the crisis that it is. It is a social crisis, which requires all the resources society could muster to help people in need.
In other words, politicians should do about this crisis what they do for their corporate buddies!