Rethinking Social Rights in the Constitutional Law due to the Covid-19 Crisis

The Covid-19 worldwide crisis has proven – again- that social rights are fundamental for protecting lives, and that the social security systems should be strengthen. Not a single country was prepared for dealing with the SARS-CoV-2 virus but even less were the developing countries. For instance, lockdowns in Latin America cause suffering to poor people mostly because it causes food insecurity. Also, inadequate housing, poor sanitation, and lack of access to clean water prevents people from taking precautionary measures against Covid-19. These reasons, amongst others, should drive us to rethink how Constitutional Law can and must reinforce protection for social rights, specially by safeguarding social security systems, their benefits and decommodifying communal resources like health and labour.