COVID-19 is changing the way we work or don’t work anymore. Some of us work from home, some of us can’t. Some of us must work long hours on the front lines of the pandemic, while others are finding ways to volunteer. You may wonder what’s next in your career? Will you get your job back? WABE wants to tell your stories and explore the challenges ahead in this new series.

 

Caleb DeLong, an EMT and nursing student

“We’re doing the best we can with what we have to fight this new war that we’re facing.”

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George DiMeglio, owner of a mano; Emily Broome, a server

“And whatever happens after this is going to be different. I don’t know how it’s going to go back to normal.”

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Sommer Taylor, school cafeteria assistant manager

“It’s important that these kids are fed…It’s true when someone says they don’t know where the [next] meal is going to come from for this kid.”

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Jess Graham, an owner-operator truck driverJess Graham works for GTO Trucking in Snellville, Georgia. She’s been driving trucks since 2012.

“It’s utter chaos, and we are just literally making it up as we go day by day, never knowing what to expect anywhere we go.”

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Gyla Gonzalez, Latinos Unidos executive director

“If this is not teaching us something, nothing will.”

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Jay Norris, a furloughed server

“I think having any sort of normal life again would be something that’s really comforting.”

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Brandy Brown, a nurse practitionerBrandy Brown

“This is what I do. I like helping people, and I knew there was a need for my skill set.”

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Whitney Beauford-Morris, Solid Waste Department truck driverWhitney Beauford-Morris said she knew she would be essential services when she took the job with the city of Atlanta's solid waste department.

“I never imagined something like this. … But I’m still coming to work because I’m considered essential services.”

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Joy Huffman, owner of Clues and CocktailsJoy Huffman, owner of Clues and Cocktails

“As we kind of segue into doing … this new experience … we’re then going to circle back around to ‘what’s it gonna be like when we re-launch.”

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Shawn Davis, head of Southern Press and Packing

“We’re Doing All We Can Do, And That’s All You Can Do.”

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Drew Quillian, a driver with Amazon

“It’s not a job I thought I’d ever have. I’m working for a big old company now.”

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Maia Kaluhiokalani-Roley, rideshare driver

“I wipe down my car. I try to do it after every rider but when the Lyft app is going, you’re picking people up one after another.”

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