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February 5, 2021

Pandemic Exposes Social Disparities Inside Appalachia

West Virginia Public Broadcasting – The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated societal inequities. Read the full article.

Black and Latino populations have suffered higher infection rates. People working low-income jobs are more likely to be considered essential — and therefore required to work in-person — while others have the luxury of working remotely.

The pandemic has pushed many people who were already living paycheck to paycheck out of work. Despite programs to provide rental and utility relief, some have lost their homes. At one point last summer, 60 percent of people in West Virginia said they were at risk of being homeless, according to a study by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

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