Guest Opinion for the Spokesman-Review, Spokane
By Paul Whitney and Anna Zamora-Kapoor
(May 13, 2020) People are scared, and for good reason: The coronavirus is an equal opportunity threat. But in this case equal opportunity does not mean equal impact. People who were already disadvantaged before the pandemic disproportionately suffer the most serious consequences of COVID-19. Systemic discrimination, stagnant incomes and less access to preventive health care increase the likelihood of chronic health conditions that make COVID-19 more deadly. These same pre-existing social conditions also make people more vulnerable to the pandemic’s economic disruptions. Read more here.