In some states 70% were deemed “essential workers” and given no protection. Far in excess of the rest of the world. They weren’t socializing. They were serving everybody else.— Andy Slavitt 🇺🇸💉 (@ASlavitt) June 14, 2021
At 1:18 of the embedded video, Slavitt can be seen noting
There are a couple of different things. One is that the people who for so long lived so close to the edge that don't have a great safety net, that don't have great health insurance, but they're forced to work day in, day out to serve us. They're growing crops, they're delivering food to our warehousese. They're working in grocery stores, they're delivering food to our door. All of these people are at risk all of the time....
They were working in home improvement stores, Walgreen's, CVS, Rite-Aid and other chain drugstores, and even in small pharmacies and the other "mom 'n pop" stores which stayed open. They worked in banks, in doctor's offices, in meat packing plants, and elsewhere. Some were handymen who had to keep working. They kept the country from falling apart, and a sizeable minority even now are making less than the $15 per hour (mostly) GOP legislators want to deny them.
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There are tens of thousands of people such as Jason Hargrove who should still be alive. Some among us, however, would not make the small sacrifices necessary.