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Jane M. Spinak
The COVID-19 pandemic has already
wrecked greater havoc in poor neighborhoods of color, where pre-existing
conditions exacerbate the disease’s spread. Crowded housing and
homelessness, less access to health care and insurance, and underlying
health conditions are all factors that worsen the chances of remaining
healthy.Workers desperate for income continue to work without sufficient
protective measures, moving in and out of these neighborhoods, putting
themselves and their families at risk. During periods of greater
disruption, tensions are heightened and violence more prevalent. Already
some experts are warning of an onslaught of child maltreatment cases,
citing earlier examples of spikes in foster care during drug epidemics
and economic recessions. Instead of panicking, thinking creatively and
thoughtfully about appropriate responses and using the information and
resources we already have may help to diminish such fears and improve
the safeguards that are needed to protect the integrity of families and
keep children safe.
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