A Brief History
On May 9, 2020, the unemployment rate in the United States hit the staggering number of 14.9%, the worst employment number since the Great Depression in 1939.
Incredibly, the unemployment rate in the UK was less than 5% and in Germany it was “only” 5.9%, while Europe as a whole suffered just over 7% unemployment in the Year of COVID. Sadly, lower income working class people in the US were hurt the worst by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, with persistent unemployment leading to loss of health insurance and inability to pay normal bills. Shortages of certain foods and consumer goods resulted from closed factories, processing plants, and transportation systems, and the Federal government threw about a trillion dollars at the public in an effort to prevent economic collapse and hardship, much of which was in the form of stimulus checks.
Here we are three years later and still suffering the effects of the COVID pandemic, controversy over vaccines, and more controversy over whether or not the government of China really is to blame for the global disaster. The US has suffered over a million COVID related deaths, and the world-wide toll is over 6.8 million.
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For more information, please see…
Kuon, Carla. The LONG COVID Solution: A holistic, integrative approach to post viral recovery. Pia Publishing, 2023.
Zhang, Li. The Origins of COVID-19: China and Global Capitalism. Stanford Briefs, 2021.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Becker1999 from Grove City, OH of protests over responses to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ohio on May 1, 2020, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
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