🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19 & the Associated School Closure
So it’s only week two of my life as a QuaranTEEN, but I’m already dealing with adult issues.
I’ve worked at Panera for almost a year, on both the cash register and salad making. Because of the virus, Panera became more active in enforcing social distancing by closing their dining room and only allowing either to-go and pick up. I knew I put myself and others at risk by being a cashier because I came into contact with so many people.
However, I couldn’t abandon my job without someone to cover my shift. On the other hand, if I wasn’t working then, I’d be putting another coworker at risk as well. Nevertheless, I still needed money for my everyday expenses. Do I risk losing money or my health? I decided to put in my two weeks notice.
My last day there was very overwhelming. We received some unfortunate and devastating news, three managers were laid off and all except ten employees would remain. These are real lives and real people being affected. I’m very fortunate to be a teen because I still have parents who support me financially. However, I’m most concerned about working Americans who have families to support, spouses who were also laid off, or even no spouse to help with them during this financial crisis. It was only then that I was truly able to grasp the severity of the issue. It’s surreal to think that most Americans will be affected by this virus in some form, whether economically, physically, or mentally.