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Now nearly a year into the Covid crisis, a staggering 40% of Americans report that the pandemic has had a lingering impact on their pocketbook.

The surveys, reflected in new report released today by the Pew Research Center, are just the latest evidence that inequalities already existing in the US were only compounded by the crisis. Minorities and low-income earners were the hardest hit by job losses and instability over the past year.

48% of lower-income Americans in households that have lost income during the pandemic have taken on debt to help make ends meet.

Lower-income adults, as well as Hispanic and Asian Americans and adults younger than 30, are among the most likely to say they or someone in their household has lost a job or taken a pay cut since the outbreak began in February 2020.1 Among those who’ve had these experiences, lower-income and Black adults are particularly likely to say they have taken on debt or put off paying their bills in order to cover lost wages or salary.”

A new CNN analysis of federal data is projecting the US could reach herd immunity to Covid by summer — and maybe even sooner.

US could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone, CNN analysis

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