Psychological toll of reopening to further divide between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’

Anxieties and fears will undoubtedly heighten for Americans as more states reopen under the novel coronavirus crisis, despite no vaccine and not enough widespread testing.

Yet like the virus’ impact, the psychological impact of reopening will be disproportionate. It is bound to deepen the already-stark divide in the country between the haves and the have-nots — those who can choose when they’d like to return to normal life and those who have been deemed essential to keep working. “The haves have a choice and the have-nots do not have a choice,” Dr. Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, told ABC News.

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