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Blocks with health care symbols The known social determinants all flow into each other: poor education, lower wages, manual labor, low or no access to quality health care, little to no knowledge and time available for preventative care measures. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 outbreak has not affected all Americans equally. A person’s risk of contracting the virus, as well as the severity and likelihood of recovering, are a matter of geographic location, age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions, among other factors. “Essential workers,” for example, often correlates to low-wage workers who can’t afford to take time off of work to reduce the risk of exposure.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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