Opinion: We can’t just order Americans back to work amid COVID-19. Let’s also protect them.

May 25, 2020

As states rush to reopen amid the continuing spread of the deadly coronavirus, they and the federal government should take extra precautions on behalf of the people our economy runs on: the caregivers, cooks, fast food employees, delivery drivers, service workers, hotel cleaning staffers, farm laborers, meat processors, corner store owners and the millions of others who work for hourly wages.

Many of these working-class Americans are people of color ” or they are members of indigenous communities and vulnerable communities that are at heightened risk from COVID-19.

They deserved to be protected.

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