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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Coronavirus and Inequality

Quarantines and shutdowns resulting from the coronavirus would disproportionately hit people with lower incomes and blue-collar jobs.  Marisa Fernandez at Axios:
  • Rural Americans sometimes have less reliable Internet access for remote work and remote schooling.
  • Parents may have to scramble as children get pulled out of school and day care.
  • Students on free and reduced lunch risk going without a meal if schools close.
  • Undocumented immigrants are less likely to call off work or check into a health care facility from lack of health insurance and ICE fears.
  • Health care workers risk getting sick if an outbreak brings in an influx of patients to the emergency room.
  • Public transit users could be in trouble if trains and buses shut down.