The COVID-19 pandemic affected nearly every aspect of household health, as well as the social and economic well-being of individuals and communities across the United States. Many in our society have faced and continue to face unprecedented challenges. Specifically, the pandemic put a microscope on inequities such as racial disparities in housing, health care, and food insecurity, while revealing the cracks in our safety net, all of which resulted in a disproportionate impact of the pandemic on individuals with preexisting socioeconomic disadvantages. Minorities in essential jobs, for example, were much more likely to get infected with COVID and die from it; and other marginalized groups, such as illegal immigrants, were excluded from government assistance programs. This special issue of The ANNALS focuses on how and where the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated preexisting inequalities in all these areas, as well as on potential strategies to address or at least mitigate them.
Graham, C., & Grinstein-Weiss, M. (2021). Introduction: The COVID-19 Shock to Our Deep Inequities: How to Mitigate the Impact. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 698(1), 7–11. https://doi.org/10.1177/00027162211069426