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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.

Palestinian activists and volunteers from the Women's Program Center distribute crafts and reading material to children confined at home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, on April 13, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra)

Asmaa Tayeh, who at 24 has never been outside Gaza, says the siege over Gaza provides no strategic defense against the coronavirus: “I really hated this notion, because the whole world was thinking we were safe, while we’re actually not. Just because you’re in an enclosed place doesn’t mean you’re safe. Because if we have any cases inside the Strip, our enclosure will help the virus spread even more.”