With more than 49,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, across the United States as of March 24, more cities and states are taking measures to contain the spread of the virus. More than two dozen states have closed bars and restaurants to dine-in customers, and a wide range of retail stores have temporarily closed their doors as well. But because of all these closures, many people are losing their jobs and are struggling to pay their bills. If you are still able to work and want to help your community, here's how to help laid-off shift workers during the coronavirus pandemic, because they are among the most vulnerable during this crisis.
According to USA Today, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting those who are most marginalized, including low-income workers and people experiencing homelessness. Not everybody can work from home during a pandemic — and especially not those who work in the restaurant industry, retail, theater, or other industries that rely on in-person labor. More than a million American workers will likely lose their jobs by the end of March, per The Washington Post, as large and small businesses alike continue to let employees go. If you are looking to support workers and businesses in your community and around the country, here are a few things you can do to help.