On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was informed about unknown cases involving pneumonia from the Chinese city of Wuhan. These cases were later titled under the well-known name, COVID-19.
Since then, this virus has spread around the world, killing more than 950,000 people, and the numbers are increasing every day. But this pandemic has also risen a light upon the racial inequality among the ethnic minority. These are the people, also known as BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) who live in overcrowded homes, working in bad environment, and are therefore most exposed to being infected by the virus.
Topics like poverty and inequality are well known to the British citizens, and will be keywords throughout this essay, and furthermore the impact of COVID-19 on the social mobility in the UK.
When it comes to fighting inequality and social mobility, the United Kingdom lacks behind. It is here the term “treadmill families” have it roots. As the name suggests, it is about a family on a treadmill “Running harder but standing still”.
In other words, it is about a family eagerly trying to escape from an eternal cycle. They try harder every time to get up and climb the social ladder, without success.