Lead Research Scientist at Salesforce Research
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…