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Experts Predicted The Coronavirus Would Shift To LA's Poor, And It Has

A healthcare worker hands a patient a COVID-19 testing kit at a drive-thru testing site at The Forum. (Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles)
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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles, infections were concentrated in more affluent communities, but experts predicted that would soon change.

The thinking went like this: As the pandemic progressed, it would shift from the wealthy — people who before the pandemic could afford to travel, and who now can now afford to shelter at home — to the poor, who in many cases can't.

That prediction appears to have been right. The curve is not flattening for everyone. A series of reports in recent days makes it increasingly clear that low-income communities of color are being hit especially hard — and that things could get worse.


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