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Pandemic widens inequities

By Dorothy Wigmore

“We’re all in this together,” was the message in March.

But it soon became clear the pandemic ocean has different boats. Some people are on yachts. Others are in leaky rowboats. Others are just trying to hang onto anything that floats.

Public health officials warn about “close contact” and crowded, enclosed spaces. That’s everyday life for some workers, including school staff, who are not on “essential” worker lists. Nonteaching staff are often invisible to decision-makers and researchers.