The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about massive changes to the livelihoods of many Malaysians and it seems that we will need to move on to learn how to live with Covid-19 soon.
While the country moves on to the endemic phase, it is important to note that getting infected by Covid-19 is extremely costly.
Recently, Twitter user @KuNurasyiqin shared the cost of being infected by Covid-19, which can be a burden to some small families.
Getting COVID is costly. I haven't properly calculate the amount, but we spent a lot on meds, lozenges, test kits, supplements etc. Some families might have to prioritize the money for food. Just wait till the dreadful symptoms subsides.— Ku Nurasyiqin Ku Amir (@KuNurasyiqin) March 12, 2022
“I haven’t properly calculated the amount, but we spent a lot on medicine, lozenges, test kits, supplements etc,” she said.
“Some families might have to prioritise the money for food and just wait till the dreadful symptoms subsides,”
“I can’t help but think about how costly this pandemic is to small families,” she added.
Netizens shared the same opinion with many commenting how they ended up spending thousands on supplies after their entire household were all infected with the virus.
Last year I spent 1.3k on PCR tests in January alone. 🥲 It was crazy but no self test kits things last time, no vaccination etc at that time.— CPH 🌻 (@hanisohhhh) March 13, 2022
“Last year I spent RM1,300 on PCR tests in January alone,” a netizen said.
In the meantime, some netizens said that households were forced to get their goods and groceries delivered, which can be extremely costly.
In a report by Sinar Harian, it is said that families are spending between RM300 to RM1,000 a month to try to keep their family and others safe.
Speaking to the Sinar Harian, housewife Nor Fizah Yusof, 48, said she and her husband had to spend around RM600 to cover expenses for 5 days of self-quarantine at home. For food, the family spent RM200. So, in total, they spent around RM600 during the self-quarantine at home.
Bank executive Amira Aida Suhada Zulkepli, 24, spent RM150 spent to buy a self-test kit after being in close contact with a colleague who was infected with Covid-19.
“This does not include buying food for lunch and dinner through Grab Food and Foodpanda. That’s about RM280 a week. Therefore, it costs a lot and it’s a substantial increase on my monthly expenses.” she said.
How much has Covid-19 cost you? Let us know in the comments.