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Policymakers and public officials can take steps to mitigate the spread of racism and xenophobia, prevent further misinformation, and support vulnerable communities.
These costs could create significant financial hardships—particularly among employees without paid sick leave who would already be losing wages while missing work to receive treatment.
Despite the nation being at the tail end of its longest economic expansion on record, many hourly and self-employed workers were already struggling to make ends meet before the outbreak.
The economic downturn resulting from COVID-19 will be the first time our current loss mitigation toolkit is tested in real time.
Prison and jail leadership must strike a balance between maintaining order and safety while providing the best possible care to and upholding the basic human rights of incarcerated people.
The COVID-19 recession unemployment crisis will be one of the worst on record, and it will come faster than other economic downturns.
Taking advantage of the flexibility permitted by program statutes will help people obtain, retain, and make optimal use of critical health coverage.
Tools are in place that can work if Congress acts fast and with clarity.
Philanthropy can help address vulnerabilities and support the health and recovery of communities in the short and long term.
Without action, Medicare beneficiaries who contract COVID-19 would face not only serious health risks but also substantial financial risks, especially those without supplemental coverage.

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