Multiple stimulus checks have helped Americans survive through COVID. Over 17 months after the economy initially shut down, the pandemic continues, with the Delta variant driving up case numbers among the unvaccinated. The rise comes amidst an improving economic condition and could slow the recovery. Meanwhile, some people are still waiting for their recovery to start. Unemployment continues to surpass pre-pandemic levels, even with job opportunities widely available in certain sectors. The federal unemployment bonus ends on Labor Day, and about half of all states have already ended it (or attempted to). Millions of people remain short of food and behind on bills. A fourth stimulus check could help those in need.