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Pandemic has worsened several US societal problems

Thursday, June 10, 2021


While the pandemic has both amplified and illuminated areas of racial, gender and economic inequality, it has also overshadowed a range of worsening societal problems that had already reached crisis levels prior to COVID-19.


  • Surging firearm sales during the pandemic and changing perceptions of policing will have long-term impacts on violence levels.
  • The impact of the pandemic has reversed some recent success in containing the opioid epidemic and flattening suicide rates.
  • Mental health services are at risk of cuts as they have lower reimbursement rates for providers than other healthcare provisions.

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