Robert King Geiser, 35 years-old, after 2 years living on the street,drinks a beer outside his tent next to the 110 Freeway, during the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic in Los Angeles California on May 25, 2020. - On May 22, 2020 a federal judge issued a preliminary order requiring that homeless people living under Los Angeles freeway overpasses and underpasses, be relocated for health and safety reasons. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

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The social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been wide and far-reaching. In particular, it has had a disproportionate effect on poorer households. Some of the hardest-hit industries, such as retail and food service, historically employ lower-wage workers that now find themselves without jobs or emergency funds to weather the storm. There’s even research data that suggests [https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/22/861008750/harvard-researchers-find-inequality-on-top-of-inequality-in-covid-19-deaths] inequality contributes to higher death rates among COVID-19 patients with lower economic status.

Economic inequality is a complex and global issue, and it is growing – even in the developed world – as a report released [https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1055681] by the United Nations in January found. Furthermore, the results of a recent sur…

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