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S.S., 60, a high school teacher in San Marcos, CA

“…And just one commute away, I will be risking my life each and every day at my workplace. I will be a front-line worker, without the personal protective equipment afforded to medical workers, facing students who do not have to follow safety or cleanliness rules for most of the 24 hours in a day. Many of the families in my community believe in magical thinking, believe that God will protect them, and believe in the propaganda spouted every day from President Trump and his corrupted supporters in government and the media. I could not be more disgusted at this willful ignorance. It’s like a death cult…”

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Y.B., 66, a homemaker in Parañaque, the Philippines

“Hindi ko kailanman naranasan ang ganitong pandemya sa buong buhay ko. Akala ko ay sa mga pelikula lamang posible ang mga ganitong eksena. Sabi nga nila balang araw, all these will be part of history. Mababasa sa mga libro ng mga susunod na henerasyon ang pandemyang ito na kumitil ng maraming buhay sa buong mundo…”

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