California’s Unsheltered Have Avoided the Worst—So Far

Grim forecasts for COVID-19’s toll on California’s homeless population have yet to happen. No one knows exactly why but part of the reason may be because of the potentially lower risk of being outdoors.
A lack of good data blurs the picture—hospitals and death certificates don’t keep track of housing status.
But one thing’s for sure: homeless people are suffering dearly from COVID-19 disruptions, which have closed libraries and other public places they may rely on.

In San Francisco, 50 homeless people died in April and May—that’s twice the usual rate.

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