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Pandemic has worsened several US societal problems

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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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