Doctors and nurses are not the only ones risking their lives during the pandemic—in fact, they represent less than 20% of all essential health workers.
Brookings“It is long past time that low-wage workers who are essential to our society are treated with dignity.” @MollyKinder highlights the bravery of America’s essential but undervalued healthcare workers.
As America and the world reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, Brookings scholars look at the experiences of the United States and other countries to see what we can derive about the reopening and its human impact.
BrookingsToday, we’re launching a new publication analyzing the #COVID19 situation in America and offering ideas for reopening the economy in ways that better society as a whole. Read it here: brook.gs/3cd6bdb #COVIDReopening
“Essential workers” who continue to go to work while COVID-19 is spreading risk exposing themselves and their families to the virus. This memo provides data about who these workers are to inform related policy discussions.
BrookingsResearch from @kearney_melissa and Luke Pardue illustrates the need for hazard pay policies to compensate America’s at-risk essential workers.
Joshua Gotbaum writes that for the economy to reopen, a compromise between business and labor interests would be for workers to receive temporary hazard pay, and employers to be protected from liability but required to meet strict safety standards...
BrookingsWorkers are being asked to risk their lives to reopen the economy. Here’s what Congress can do to make things safer for them and businesses.
The social and mental health side of the COVID19 crisis is as, and perhaps even more, important to society’s long-term health and sustainability than the economic one.
Brookings“COVID-19 has us at a critical juncture where failing to respond could change our society—and any remaining remnants of the American Dream—for good, for better or worse,” write @cgbrookings and @miller7.
Changing perceptions about the worth of African Americans and their communitiesKnow Your Price establishes new means of determining value of Black communities. The deliberate devaluation of Blacks and their communities, stemming from America's...
BrookingsIn his new book, #KnowYourPrice, @andreperryedu takes readers on a tour of five Black-majority cities whose strengths and assets have been undervalued. Get your hands on his book here
Low- and middle-income countries must play to their strengths and rapidly build the capacity of community-based organizations and primary care providers to respond to COVID-19.
BrookingsMany low- and middle-income countries lack adequate hospital and emergency transportation infrastructure, but most have strong community-based organizations. @nachiketmor calls on governments to empower them during the coronavirus crisis.
While losing a salaried job is terrible for one’s psychological well-being, losing one’s business is even worse.
BrookingsJob loss entails much more than losing an income. Studies show that unemployment leads to large and lasting unhappiness due to the loss of social identity, contacts with colleagues, and stigma.
The threat of being killed merely for existing can shape black men’s lives.
Brookings“Black men who I’ve spoken to, who have seen the horrific killing of Ahmaud, state that, wow, I’ve had similar sort of experiences where people have followed me—where cars have ran me off the road.”
@SociologistRay for @voxdotcom on Ahmaud Arbery
Elaine Kamarck writes that the White House Coronavirus Task Force should be disbanded. She draws on the example of 9/11 and the formation of DHS to show that large-scale crisis response can't be managed from the White House, and should reside with...
BrookingsThe White House and president should get out of the way of government agencies and let them do the real work to combat the coronavirus, writes @EKamarck.
A new paper shows that there is no doubt about the existence of the midlife dip in well-being.
BrookingsSeveral economic studies have found evidence of a significant downturn in human well-being during the midlife years. @D_Blanchflower and @cgbrookings explain why that matters during times of crisis.