August 17, 2020 at 12:41 AM EDT
Their lives were upended. Months later, 10 Americans find ways to thrive.
A hotel housekeeper, furloughed for months, worries she’ll lose her benefits. A restaurant manager wonders how he’ll be able to sustain the livelihoods of his family and staff. A recent college graduate, struggling with her mental health, is terrified of graduating into a recession.
Like so many others across the country, their lives have been upended — jobs lost, companies brought to a standstill, families separated and futures uncertain.
In April, The Washington Post began following the lives of 10 people navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Our goal was to understand how the pandemic would affect them and millions of other Americans facing similar challenges over time. What would their lives look like months later? Would they be able to return to those lost jobs? Would businesses be able to survive and would federal aid programs make a difference?
By Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn