Lessons From The Pandemic

This occasional series of interviews asks experts and advocates what COVID-19 has revealed about our world, and what we can learn for the future.

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In Maine Public’s series “Lessons From The Pandemic,” we've been talking with Mainers about some of the issues that COVID-19 has revealed in communities around Maine, and the lessons we can learn from them for the future.

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During the last few months of the pandemic, remote learning has been a challenge for teachers and students.

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The novel coronavirus has changed the way we think about a lot of issues; the economy is one example. Michael Hillard, a professor of economics at the University of Southern Maine, says wealth inequality has been laid bare by the pandemic and so has the fact that the government is ill-equipped to handle an economic challenge of this size.

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Much of the aid that Congress has provided to Americans in financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic has come in the form of vastly expanded unemployment insurance program.

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As Maine’s food pantries struggle to keep up with increased demand, hunger relief organizations around the country are calling for long-term changes to minimize the kinds of supply-chain issues that hit supermarkets hard early on in the pandemic.