The accumulating death toll from Covid-19 can be seen minute-by-minute on cable news channels. But there’s another death toll few seem to care much about: the number of poverty-related deaths being set in motion by deliberately plunging millions of Americans into poverty and despair.
In the first three weeks since governors began shutting down commerce in their states, 17 million Americans filed for unemployment, and according toone survey, one quarter of Americans have lost their jobs or watched their paychecks cut.Goldman Sachs predictsthat the economy will shrink 34 percent in the second quarter, with unemployment leaping to 15 percent.
Until the Covid-19 economic shut-down, the poverty rate in the United States had dropped to its lowest in 17 years. What does that mean for public health?A 2011 Columbia University studyfunded by the National… Read More