Coronavirus in America: Families In Crisis A national poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health highlights the stark financial and personal toll of the pandemic.
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Coronavirus in America: Families In Crisis

Understanding the financial and personal toll of the pandemic

Erica Cuellar, her husband and her daughter moved in with her father in his home early in the pandemic, after she lost her job. She and her husband were worried they wouldn't be able to afford the rent on their house in Houston with only one income. In July 2020, the whole family tested positive for the coronavirus. Michael Starghill for NPR hide caption

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1 in 3 working families is struggling to find the child care they desperately need

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Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person

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Hospitals in Idaho, like St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, remain full after the summer delta surge pushed many to their limits. Kyle Green/AP hide caption

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With hospitals crowded from COVID, 1 in 5 American families delays health care

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Demonstrators march during a protest against Asian hate in Times Square in New York in March after a troubling spike in violence against the Asian American community during the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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With racial attacks on the rise, Asian Americans fear for their safety

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NPR poll: The delta surge pushed Americans further behind in all walks of life

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A road sign for a nearby hospital along a rural road outside Sandwich, Ill., in April. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Getting Health Care Was Already Tough In Rural Areas. The Pandemic Has Made It Worse

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Juggling Financial Stress And Caregiving, Parents Are 'Very Not OK' In The Pandemic

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A woman recovering from fever linked to COVID-19 checks medications in her home in Mineola, N.Y., this spring. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

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Demonstrators march in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood in June to demand a lifting of the Illinois rent control ban and a cancellation of rent and mortgage payments. The pandemic's financial pressures are causing many Americans to struggle with rent payments. Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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'No One Can Live Off $240 A Week': Many Americans Struggle To Pay Rent, Bills

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How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap

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About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic

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People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any group in California — many in public-facing jobs deemed essential. That work has put them at higher risk of catching the coronavirus. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

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'I Try So Hard Not To Cry': Nearly Half Of U.S. Households Face A Financial Crisis

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