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Each week Pandemic Nation examines how the coronavirus is affecting front-line workers and America's most vulnerable populations.

Veteran journalist Mark Kreidler begins a new weekly column and podcast covering the coronavirus and its social impacts.

Episode 10

A survey of 23,000 nurses found that 87 percent of respondents must still reuse disposable masks while attending to COVID-19 patients. Mark Kreidler speaks to Catherine Mithamo, a nursing home worker at a facility with a COVID outbreak.

Episode 9

The lights are going out in America’s rural hospitals and clinics at the moment they are most needed. Mark Kriedler speaks to Deborah Burger, co-president of National Nurses United and president of California Nurses Association.

Episode 8

A new study, citing historical precedent, claims 42 percent of recent layoffs will result in permanently lost jobs. Co-published by Fast Company.

Mark Kreidler speaks to Holly Ortiz, an assistant preschool director in Fountain Valley, California. More than half of her 11-member household has been infected with COVID-19, including her home health care provider parents.

Episode 7

The firings of Amazon whistleblowers, Tim Bray wrote, were further evidence “of a vein of toxicity running through the company’s culture."
Mark Kreidler speaks to Lola Gomez, an Austin American-Statesman photojournalist that contracted COVID-19 while on assignment.

Episode 6

Los Angeles reports that its county’s low-income COVID deaths are triple the number of those of wealthier neighborhoods.
Mark Kreidler speaks to Felicia Canales, a grocery worker at the Vons-owned Pavilions in Orange County, California.

Episode 5

From health care workers to immigrant detainees, efforts to acquire protective face coverings are complicated by bureaucratic resistance. Mark Kreidler speaks to Tom Shaw, a Bus Operator at TWU Local 234 in Philadelphia.

Episode 4

Mark Kreidler speaks to Dr. Jeanne Noble, Director of the Covid-19 Response Unit in the emergency department at UC San Francisco's Parnassus Medical Center. A trio of Democratic lawmakers is attempting to correct Congress’ omission of undocumented workers from the CARES Act.

Episode 3

SB 943 would expand the state’s Paid Family Leave program, extending benefits to parents impacted by school closures.
Mark Kreidler speaks to Reagan Duncan, a San Diego area teacher adapting to the new virtual classroom reality.

Episode 2

Mark Kreidler speaks to Monique Hernandez, a nurse on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As uncertainties and conflicting data swirl around COVID-19, a few truths about the poor bear repeating.

On today's episode: Mark Kreidler speaks to Monique Hernandez, a nurse on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 1

After a week of private negotiations, the state is no closer to filling empty hotel rooms with at-risk homeless people.

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Veteran journalist Mark Kreidler begins a new weekly column and podcast covering the coronavirus and its social impacts.