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"The problem is that people don't follow the advice"

The problem is not that there is not enough information about covid-19. "The problem is that people don't follow the advice. And overcrowding is a bigger risk." That is what Mewlid Kalinrih, a student nurse, believes.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 1 april 2020 • Uppdaterad 2 april 2020
"The virus is a problem for the community all over the country. Everyone must take their responsibility instead of selling their political views", says Mewlid Kalinrih, a nursing student at Kristianstad Högskola. He comes originally from Ogaden in Ethiopia.
"The virus is a problem for the community all over the country. Everyone must take their responsibility instead of selling their political views", says Mewlid Kalinrih, a nursing student at Kristianstad Högskola. He comes originally from Ogaden in Ethiopia.Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Mewlid Kalinrih lives at Gamlegården. He is on the committee of Skånes Horn av Afrika.

– There are a lot of people in the over-70s group who do not follow the advice, and also among those with other illnesses, for example lung diseases, says Mewlid.

– If you speak to someone, no matter in which language, they have obviously been given some kind of information. Even in dictatorships people must follow the advice they have been given. Information has been given to all groups, even although their Swedish is not perfect. Extreme right-wing groups misrepresent facts to spread their propaganda.

”The disease has nothing to do with ethnicity, and it's unethical too to point a finger at a particular group”
Mewlid Kalinrih

How is it that six Somalis died of covid-19 in Stockholm?

– That's a difficult question. But we don't know anything about the background of the others, more than 200 people have died. The disease has nothing to do with ethnicity, and it's unethical too to point a finger at a particular group. 0ne thing we can't turn a blind eye to is overcrowding. That is a greater risk, he says.

What do you think is most important at this stage?

– That you get updated several times a day as to what the authorities say. Folkhälsomyndigheten is a reliable source, as well as the media, and both local and national TV.

Footnote: Kristianstad municipality keeps information about the corona virus updated on its homepage www.kristianstad.se . The information is in several languages.

If you are ill and phone 1177 Vårdguiden i Region Skåne you can get help from interpreters who speak Arabic and Somali between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays, press button 3.

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