US workers faced harrowing year on pandemic front lines

Washington (AFP) – One year ago, workers across the United States learned they’d been divided into two categories: those who would work from home, and those who would have to keep showing up to workplaces where they risked exposure to Covid-19. Matt Valentin was among the latter, and in the months that followed, the Starbucks cafe where he worked in Monroe, Michigan became an increasingly anxiety-ridden environment. “From my perspective, it went from ‘get these drinks and orders done as fast as possible’ to ‘do all of that, and try not to bring a deadly virus home to your vulnerable family,'” …

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