The Job Description for a COVID-19 Community Health Worker—and How This Could Fight U.S. Unemployment

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This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum. It has been republished with permission.

Community health workers could be trained to prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic. (Hospital CLÍNIC)

There are more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide as of April 6.

Continued sharp increases in infections may overwhelm health systems in any country—but especially places that are facing shortages of nurses, doctors and other frontline health providers.

The pandemic is also dealing an economic blow: People around the world are losing their jobs, as large gatherings are cancelled and people undertake social distancing, making it impossible for many businesses to continue.

Last week, it was reported that the pandemic could drive unemployment up to 20 percent—a rate not seen since the Great Depression—leaving 32 million people…

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