As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Connecticut and across the US, many Americans are staying home to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. But not everyone can work remotely and many people have lost their jobs. This hour, we take a look at the pandemic’s economic impact .
We hear from Connecticut workers in the gig economy—people who drive for Lyft or deliver for Uber Eats. And we talk with an economist about what policies can ease the economic burden on Americans.
We want to hear from you. How is the coronavirus affecting your family—and your pocketbook?
- Krista Deprey - Hair stylist at Bowl and Brush in Rocky Hill and hairdressing educator
- Sarah Kaufold - Artistic director of the Voices of Concinnity choir and the Consonare Choral Community in Eastern Connecticut (@choral_sarah)
- Molly Tran - Director of the Public Health program at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois; Her research focuses on the occupational health of gig workers (@WalkingNPR)
- Ibrahim Shikaki - Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut
Cat Pastor contributed to this show.