COVID-19

For international students staying in the U.S., COVID-19 closures led to a scramble for housing

Alan Yu Mar 31, 2020
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Not all international students could afford to return home after campuses closed. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
COVID-19

For international students staying in the U.S., COVID-19 closures led to a scramble for housing

Alan Yu Mar 31, 2020
Not all international students could afford to return home after campuses closed. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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As colleges and universities across the country canceled in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students left campuses. But the international who students could not afford to go home were forced to find new accommodation in a very short space of time.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

The latest: President Donald Trump signed an executive action directing $400 extra a week in unemployment benefits. But will that aid actually reach people? It’s still unclear. Trump directed federal agencies to send $300 dollars in weekly aid, taken from the federal disaster relief fund, and called on states to provide an additional $100. But states’ budgets are stretched thin as it is.

What’s the latest on evictions?

For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

Which retailers are requiring that people wear masks when shopping? And how are they enforcing those rules?

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

You can find answers to more questions on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 here.

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