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New CDC guidelines could mean more kids in classrooms and COVID-19 long haulers face financial uncertainty

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Published: March 19, 2021 at 5:22 p.m. ET

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‘This hellfire of a year’: COVID-19 long haulers face financial and medical uncertainty as pandemic rages on

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I’m 60 and lost my job due to COVID-19. My husband makes $150K. We saved $1.3 million. Do I resign myself to early retirement?

‘We have a good relationship, but I’m afraid of being dependent on someone, even if it’s my husband.’

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‘We’ve been honest sounding boards during money fights, and we’ve offered to take savings/debt classes, but old habits die hard.’

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-cdc-guidelines-could-mean-more-kids-in-classrooms-and-covid-19-long-haulers-face-financial-uncertainty-2021-03-19

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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