Unmasking America is a 4-part series examining the lifespan of the pandemic through the stories of those most affected. It's produced by Carnegie-Knight News21, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation's top journalism students and graduates.
Chapter 1: Preexisting Conditions
America already had systemic inequalities – among them racism, ableism and income inequities. These problems were exacerbated when the pandemic hit.
Chapter 2: Infection
Job loss. Food insecurity. Unstable housing. As the country first started to develop symptoms of the pandemic Americans were thrown into an economic downturn.
Chapter 3: Critical Condition
Months into the pandemic, the U.S. government authorized solutions like stimulus checks and congressional funding. For some it wasn't enough.
Chapter 4: Long Haul Symptoms
COVID-19 became the new reality for Americans. Now, the attention turns to creating solutions for the present and the future.