COVID-19: Impacts and Comparisons

Matthew Crawford, Associate Professor of History at Kent State University, said this pandemic is like nothing we have ever seen before, which makes it hard to compare to any other events in history. He said the only other time that could possibly be comparable to now in terms of mass amounts of people being impacted is the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Step by Step ChartsInfogram Professor Crawford said we will not know exactly how similar these epidemics are until we are closer to the end of this current epidemic. He said one of the major issues with comparing the two right now is the problems with testing for coronavirus.

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Working During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It seems as though everything involving this virus happened so fast, and now it has been slightly over three months since the United States confirmed its first case. Below is a chart showing a brief timeline of the earlier stages of coronavirus, starting in January and ending in March. Timeline InfographicInfogram The government forcing everyone to stay home is a way to protect individuals from both catching the virus and spreading it to others that may be more susceptive to respiratory illnesses. However, due to the nature of the medical industry, they do not have the opportunity to social-distance themselves and are thrust onto the front lines to fight Covid-19.

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Local Churches Fight Against Poverty

Portage County, Ohio is home to 162,927 people according to a census recorded in 2018. The same census also found that of those, almost 162,000 people, approximately 13 percent of individuals, were living below the poverty line.  In Portage County, 43% of the community is living either under the poverty line or paycheck to paycheck said Shawna Borkoski, the Community Based Program Director of Family and Community Services Incorporated. This high percentage impacts over 69,000 people throughout the county. Some in the surrounding communities believe not everyone is aware of how many individuals are struggling to make enough money. “Every time I start talking about the root issue, and I

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Inside Look at Churches Tax Exemption, 501c3’s and More

The United States is home to more than 1.5 million non-profit organizations. According to the International Revenue Service (IRS) subsection 501(c), these organizations may be exempt from federal income tax. A large percentage of these non-profit organizations are religious organizations. Associate Professor of Political Science Daniel Chand said churches “basically fall under the same tax rules as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.” He continued, “and if you give money to those organizations, not only are they tax exempt, but you can claim a tax deduction when you give money to those organizations.” The Director of Religious Studies at Kent State University, David Odell-Scott, said churches that meet the requirements of Internal

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