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Ignoring the health of our homeless hurts the entire country

While the U.S. has been stymied in managing COVID-19’s spread, the previous month has brought “shelter-in-place” orders and policies mimicking those in foreign countries. The intended focus is to limit increased transmission and contribution to the staggering 4.1 million global cases as of May 11, 2020. The majority of state recommendations include maintaining a six-foot buffer from others, self-isolation within homes, practicing stringent personal hygiene, and wearing a mask when outdoors. Unfortunately, these recommendations disproportionately ignore a particularly vulnerable population: those experiencing homelessness.