Social Inequalities in the Time of COVID-19

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hayley H. Robertson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Abstract: With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, daily life is being drastically impacted, whether it is compromising someone’s health, laying off a large portion of our workforce, or moving our youth to indefinite online schooling. With these struggles, many social inequalities are being exacerbated, due to a lack of resources being accessible to lower social groups. Previous research has shown that ?low-income populations are less likely to have health insurance, making them unable to receive proper medical care. Additionally, while more than half of our workforce is without a job, low-income populations usually work in hourly-paid jobs that remain essential during the pandemic, putting them more at risk. Previous research also notes that low-income students are disproportionately affected by technological troubles, and a lack of meals provided by the school system. The current study analyzed healthcare, economic, and educational disparities occurring since March, 2020, when the pandemic hit. The main comparison of interest was between 3 different income groups: ?<$10,000 to $39,999, $40,000 to $79,999, and $80,000 to >$150,000.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2020
coronavirus, covid-19, social inequalities, inequality, education, economy, healthcare, low-income, high-income, race, class, income, pandemic

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