At the beginning of March 2020, the company decided to allow him to telework so as not to increase his risk of exposure to COVID-19. Mario is hypertensive and paralyzed on the right side of his body, among other conditions that make him more vulnerable to the virus. In this new reality, he began to have fewer work responsibilities and, as a result, fewer daily interactions with the team.
“My day sometimes begins with an internal struggle about whether I want to get out of bed or not. That’s the dilemma I face. But I know I have to get up,” explains Mario when talking about his current daily routine. “I once heard a quote from Darwin, who said that it isn’t the strongest or the loudest who survives, but the one who is most adaptable to change. I believe I’m still in the process of adapting,” he adds. He is just one of the 18% of adults in Costa Rica with a disability, according to the 2018 National Survey on Disability. According to the United Nations, around 1 billion people, or roughly 15% of the world’s population live with disability. However, there is no data (globally or nationally) on the pandemic’s impact on this segment of the world's population. With this in mind, the UN has reiterated the importance of focusing on the needs of people with disabilities to address inequalities and the threat that the pandemic poses to this group.