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A Palestinian worker disinfects streets of the Al-Shati' refugee camp as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of COVID-19, in Gaza City on March 16, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Hamza Abu Al-Tarabeesh’s fear of the coronavirus is based on his late grandfather’s death during a Tuberculosis epidemic in Gaza’s refugee camps during the mid-1960s. “I have no idea what the future holds for the refugee camps in Gaza,” Abu Al-Tarabeesh writes, “but I do know when it comes to infectious diseases and viruses, the past has been alarming.”

Palestinian workers spray disinfectant outside an UNRWA school as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus in Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip on April 2, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Gaza has long dealt with lockdown. Karama Fadel is an English teacher, who has never left the Gaza Strip in her life, and the coronavirus pandemic has scotched her scholarship in the U.S. Meantime, Mohammed Abu Matar uses a 3D printer to produce masks, and valves for a ventilator.