I think it also appropriately describes what happens when the culture turns toxic. When the wealthy and middle class get sick, it is the poor who die from the virus.Things like divorce, out-of-wedlock births, drug use, and delinquency have fewer negative consequences on the rich than it does the poor.
Understandably, the poor don’t have the hedge of protection that money, influence, and power affords for those with resources. A wealthy single mom will naturally be faced with some challenges to be sure, but a poor single mom, living in a blighted neighborhood, who has few resources will have battles that she most likely will never be able to overcome.
Take Away: When the wealthy and middle class get sick, it is the poor who die from the virus.