As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across continents, it’s had severe (and scaling) effects. In North America alone — where government responses and physical distancing measures only began in earnest in March — half a million people in Canada and a record 3.3 million in the United States have already filed claims for unemployment. Most students likely won’t finish out the school year in classrooms, and individuals are struggling to balance financial obligations, caretaking, and their own health needs.
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