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Essential, Frontline, and High Risk: How COVID-19 Prioritized Low-wage Workers while Heightening their Disadvantage

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2022-08
Lindsay M. Monte and Lynda Laughlin

Introduction

Defining the essential workforce during the global health pandemic presents several challenges for researchers and policy makers. In this analysis, we attempt to articulate a definition of essential workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.  We argue that it is the combination of three distinct classifications of the work environment – essential, frontline, and high-risk - that should inform policy around essential work, and using those classifications, we demonstrate the significant needs faced by many in such occupations.

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