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Why widespread health woes could follow from pandemic-driven job losses

By Jennie E. Brand, Professor of Sociology and Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles
Sarah A. Burgard, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
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Being out of work isn’t bad just for your finances: It’s bad for your health. Losing a job can cause depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Research also consistently shows that job loss and unemployment – even just for a few months – are associated with poorer physical health as well, including increased risks for cardiovascular disease, hospitalization and death. These risks can endure for years or even decades after a person returns to…


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