COVID-19 is Further Proof That America Has Failed Millennials, and Everyone Coming Up After Them.

The coronavirus aftermath is just another reminder that we deserve so much better.

Lauren Elizabeth
4 min readApr 11, 2020


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As the coronavirus continues to spread and leave not only a health but an economic crisis in it’s wake, a recent study on the impact it’s having offered some incredibly sobering statistics in regards to who’s feeling the brunt of the economic devastation.

According to the executive summary of the study conducted by Data for Progress,

“The financial impact of the coronavirus is hitting Americans hard: thirty-three percent of voters have already lost their job, been furloughed, placed on temporary leave, or had hours reduced, with 41 percent of those who’ve lost a job already reporting having trouble covering basic costs. Black Americans are feeling the worst of the financial crisis with almost half (45 percent) reporting they’ve lost jobs, hours, or been put on leave. A $1,200 check for adults and $500 for children is inadequate to cover expenses for more than a month for most voters.”

A graphic offering a visual in to more of the details of the study provided some even more devastating statistics.

Image via Data for Progress

Of those surveyed that are 45 and under — in other words, millennials and Gen Z — 52 percent of them have reported losing their jobs, lost hours, or been put on leave. Another 8 percent expect those outcomes, for a grand total of 60 percent of younger Americans suffering a loss of their job or job insecurity in the wake of this devastating epidemic.

I just turned twenty five in February. I have already seen an economic recession, and am in the midst of experiencing what is very likely to turn out to be a depression. Being right in the middle of what people consider to be the youngest of millennials and the oldest of Gen Z, it’s clear to me that COVID-19 is just further proof of the fact that the United States has failed both of these generations, and those that are coming up after them.



Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at or Twitter @xlauren_mx