‘Great equalizer?’ How coronaviruses affect every economic class

Salt Lake City – Thousands of cars are parked in front of thousands of food banks in San Antonio, Texas. In Las Vegas, people slept in a parking lot separated by white lines. Masked-faced Detroit buses have already split on board, fearing shared winds and limited seats.

These are just a few of the global images that have spread across the United States. Although members of all economic classes are affected by Kovid-19, the poor suffer the most in all cases – from the degree of infection to the loss of destructive work.

Jose Taylor delivers a bag of food from the Utah Food Bank on Monday, April 1320, in the parking lot of a church belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taylorsville. The Utah Food Bank estimates that they have provided food to about 400 families in the region.

Christine Murphy, Desert News

In late April, the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of low-income Americans – families earning less than 37,500 a year – lost their jobs or wages due to the coronavirus. Pew said only 23% of the emergency fund was set aside to cut the cost of living for three months.

Sectors facing the highest job losses, such as hotels and restaurants, are also the lowest paid. In Utah, waiters and waitresses earn about 9. 9.90 an hour, while hotel staff earn 11 11.23 an hour.

“People with very high rents and low wages were already trying to be tough. Revenue is now being collected from under them, “said Glenn Bailey, chief executive of the Crossroads Urban Center, a nonprofit that supports low-income Utah.

Bailey said they were “serving more people” by closing one of the two dining rooms to maintain the best sanitary regulations and limiting pantry hours to five days.

“We also serve families, but most of the families who came to us didn’t have to come for a long time or they weren’t there before,” he said.

According to Juliet Tennart, director of economic and public policy research at ChemC, workers in the hard-fought industry are more likely to be paid, lack ambulance funding and are more likely to be hired. Gardner Policy Institute.

“I have heard from some scholars that the Kavid-19 is a great equivalent because it has touched everyone in one way or another. But it’s not a great equivalent. They are more sensitive participants in the economy who are more unequally affected, ”Tenert said.

Those who protect their jobs face other dangers. Those who earn less to protect their jobs are more likely to be at increased risk of coronavirus exposure – from grocery stores to truck drivers to warehouse workers. As of mid-April, 41 grocery store workers from COVID-19 had died, according to the Washington Post.

In New York, the country’s epidemic center, most of the working-class neighborhoods in Queens were contracted.

The virus spreads irresistibly even in colorful societies.

A Washington Post census analysis found that “countries with the highest number of blacks infected are three times more likely to be infected, while those with larger white populations are about six times more likely to die.”

The virus is especially deadly in people with health conditions. “And we know that African Americans live in basic conditions every day, probably to a much greater extent than most of our countrymen,” DM said. Mary Muriel E. Bousser told MSNBC.

In an article published in The Conversation, Grace Nappert, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said COVID-19 could thrive in low-income communities due to the increase and decrease in infectious disease transmission. The ability of individuals to fight infection.

He explained it somewhat because “one of the most notorious effects of living in a low-income society is chronic stress on the body, especially the immune system. Inequality, job and housing instability and food insecurity increase socio-economic deprivation

Homeless insecurity and food instability have put families at greater risk for rental losses and could face devastation, and food banks are struggling to cope with growing demand.

Also, many low-income families do not have access to health insurance, Covid-19 treatment or preventive care that can help them achieve better results from the start. Reports show that in 2018, 27.5 million Americans are uninsured.

Beth Armstrong, executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit clinic that provides free medical care to people with disabilities in Summit and Washch County, said they have increased the number of people seeking their services.

“People who haven’t been insured for years, but have never been sick, are either sick or worried about getting sick,” he said.

Armstrong explained that the experience of social isolation for many of his patients was not a luxury. “Even if a person falls ill, they cannot separate themselves from another room. No place to go. “

The clinic encourages more telemedicine, but access to the Internet can also be a barrier.

When patients have to go inside, they do not always find suitable alternatives for childcare and sometimes try to limit the number of people in the room during impossible appointments.

Limiting exposure to people living indoors and in crowded homes is less possible with less resources and space.

“I think it’s one of the most infamous issues,” said Armstrong.

Economically, despite the response from federal, state and local governments, it takes several weeks to help land in the hands of the most needy.

At the moment, the biggest problem is coordination in providing services to low-income people. While moderate efforts and mutual aid agencies have emerged to help people in need other than the central information transmission agency, people like Bailey seek help who struggle to give them advice.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s just a matter of socializing and integrating these issues, ”Bailey said.

At the Kem C. Gardner Institute, Tenart said measures such as the economic impact of payments (i.e. incentive vouchers) were important, but that these resources needed to be made available to those in need as soon as possible.

According to Tenart, one of the worst policy measures is to reduce austerity measures and start cutting federal and state programs – such as unemployment benefits or nutrition programs.

“The work is not going to be suspended for two months. It takes time to become stable. “

Others hope the virus could be a breakthrough for big changes, from health care reform to minimum wage reform.

“It simply came to our notice then. But we see a light shining in a new way, ”Tenert said.

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