Let’s lead the return to prosperity by protecting the vulnerable

The past few months have taught us once again that the greatest tragedies in the world do not affect everyone equally. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic collapse have had a disproportionate impact on the vulnerable amongst us.

There are three groups of people at risk of suffering most severely right now:

  • Those who are susceptible to adverse Covid-19 health outcomes, such as people over 65 and people with chronic health issues (about 30% of the US population);
  • Those who are at risk of being exposed to the virus, such as people in high-contact jobs or who live in dense neighborhoods or crowded living quarters. In the US, this includes people of color, who are infected at 1.5 to 2 times the national rate—a result of exposure risk and testing access, not underlying conditions;
  • Those experiencing economic hardship. Almost 90% of US workers who are below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line work in high-contact jobs—the jobs most at-risk during the pandemic.

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