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A. A., 23, a student in Tracy, CA

“I hope that my father, an older man who has been transferred from a cooking shift at Stanford University to janitorial duties, comes home safe and healthy every day. I hope that my mother, who works at my high school with underserved, often non-English speaking, communities finds reprieve from the anxiety expressed by all of the students and their families about what awaits them. I hope that my partner, who lives in an entirely different country in one of the busiest cities in Latin America, can continue to work from home…”

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L.D.R., 35, a marketer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“…Quando se depende de um Estado historicamente negligente e corrupto, nos tempos atuais apoiando um lunático como líder, prova-se também a falha na formação básica a sociedade. A vida em quarentena no Brasil é um desastre à beira de um precipício…”

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A., 26, from a location in the United States

“…They say no man is a island. But I sure feel like one. And im surprisingly ok with it. At work ive always pretty much been in my own little corner and now, im actually alone in my little corner . it feels nice to have some peace and quiet for once. But of course i would be lying if i said i didn’t feel lonely at times…”

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