In Part Two of our interview series of Working Through a Pandemic, we speak with Jessica, an Operations Manager of a major retailer. Her company was deemed an essential service by the state, which meant that she and her colleagues were permitted to work onsite even when most of the country was on a strict lockdown. She shares some of the obstacles that she faced, including the awkwardness of starting a new job during the country’s deadliest pandemic since 1918 when the flu killed over a half million US citizens.
Covid-19 has forever changed life as we know it. To date, Covid-19 has claimed over 200,000 lives and counting in the US alone and has infected approximately 7.1 million US citizens. As with most public health crises, the impact on communities of color has been significant with African-American and Latinx communities contracting the virus and dying of the virus at a much higher rate than white Americans per NPR.