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Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

A worker at a Tyson beef plant says the president’s executive order is putting her in danger

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

This anonymous thirtysomething works at a Tyson Foods beef plant in Amarillo, Texas. On April 28, President Trump signed an executive order requiring slaughterhouses to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing the closures of many of these plants. Across the country, at least 5,000 meat processing workers have tested positive for the virus, and 20 have died.

Most people don’t understand where their meat comes from…


LIFE IN THE TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS

Some wealthy New York families escaped the city to ride out the pandemic in the Hamptons, leaving childcare workers out of a job and with few options

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

This anonymous 30-year-old from New York City worked as a nanny for two separate families before the coronavirus outbreak. In March, she lost both of her jobs after the city went into lockdown, and one of her families opted to shelter-in-place at their second home in the Hamptons. …


Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

The virus spread quickly in San Diego’s Otay Mesa Detention Center. Detainees were given one mask and cleaning spray.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

This anonymous, 37-year-old Honduran man has been detained in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California, since August 26. The virus has spread quickly in Otay Mesa, with ICE now reporting that 20 detainees and eight ICE employees have tested positive for Covid-19. …


Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

Vanessa Santiago departed as the virus began to spread through the prison. The outside world had changed in ways she was unprepared for.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Vanessa Santiago, 40, was released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on March 30 after serving 22 years in prison. She is currently living in a short-term studio rental in Syracuse, New York, as she waits to move to Florida to rejoin her family, but parole obligations and travel limitations due to Covid-19 have forced her to put off these plans.

On March 30, 2020, I got out…


Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

New York City Council member Mark D. Levine wants to prepare the public for a new way of life

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Mark D. Levine, chair of New York City Council’s health committee, was a vocal and early advocate for implementing social distancing measures in the city. His Twitter feed has become a must-read for anyone interested in staying abreast of developments in the city. He and his wife were sickened by presumed Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic and have since recovered.

We can say with the…


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

A 46-year-old woman is self-quarantining with her husband one month after he asked for a divorce

Life in the Time of Coronavirus is a new GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Jennifer Anderson-Henry, 46, is facing a divorce that she doesn’t want. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband, referred to here as X to protect his privacy, asked for a divorce just one month before Indiana implemented its shelter-in-place order. They are now living in isolation together as he works on home improvement projects so they can eventually put their house on the market.

On February 16, three days before my birthday…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Applying for a payroll protection loan was stressful, confusing, and poorly timed. Then the government ran out of money.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Stephanie Valdez, 36, is the co-owner of Community Bookstore and Terrace Books in Brooklyn. The stores have been closed since March 23, but she is continuing to pay her staff to fulfill orders. Valdez began the application for the Paycheck Protection Program loan on Friday, April 3, the first day it was available. The loan would cover her small staff’s payroll for several months. On April 16…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Kathleen Mills has been navigating Florida’s unemployment bureaucracy since March 19. She’s still on hold.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Kathleen Mills, 61, was laid off on March 17 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Her 20-year-old son is in college, and her husband is currently on disability while awaiting back surgery. For the past month, Mills has been trying without luck to file for unemployment benefits in the state of Florida.

I turned 61 five days after I was laid off. I had a really good-paying…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

This twentysomething health care worker got sick without the one key symptom everyone says to look for

A photo illustration of a face mask and thermometer against a background of coronavirus particles.
A photo illustration of a face mask and thermometer against a background of coronavirus particles.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Isabel Simon is a 24-year-old dialysis technician who was living in Lynn, Massachusetts and working in Brookline when she got sick. She is also my second cousin. This is her experience of what it was like to have mild Covid-19.

I’m not positive on the exact date it started, but I’m pretty sure it was either March 9 or 10. I spoke to my father and mentioned…


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

The way New York City buries its dead is different now, regardless of whether people were killed by the disease

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Amy Cunningham, 64, is the owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, based in Brooklyn. She and her team provide eco-friendly burials and witnessed cremations, but in the past few weeks, she has had to shift the way she works, using synthetic burial bags, providing socially distanced funerals, and consulting the bereaved over video chat.

Im m an eco-friendly funeral director, which means that I manage green burials…

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