In addition to the staggering public health consequences the COVID-19 pandemic has had for the American public, millions of citizens are also finding themselves in financial ruin as measures needed to slow the spread of the virus are costing them their livelihoods.
According to CNN Business, the past four weeks have seen 22 million Americans apply for unemployment benefits. With both their living situations and ability to feed themselves now in jeopardy, these Americans now find themselves in an unprecedented and desperate situation.
As USA Today reported, this has prompted the federal government to issue a $2.2 trillion stimulus package that sees millions of Americans receive $1,200. Fifty to seventy million of these eligible citizens were supposed to receive them on April 15.
Since the impression appears to be that this is a one-time payment, the need to make this money last becomes clear. However, that hasn't stopped one pastor from trying to convince Americans to part with it.