Coronavirus Pandemic Hardest on ‘Invisible Laborers’
Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The phrase, “We are all in this together," has become a popular sentiment since the coronavirus lockdown began. But as the British writer Damian Barr recently wrote, “We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some are on super-yachts. Some have just one oar.”
Nowhere is this more evident than in Sarasota, Florida, where wealthy retirees face the shutdown alongside undocumented immigrants who clean homes, keep yards pristine, wash restaurant dishes, and build houses. For these conscientious workers, the pandemic has turned living on the edge into a fight for survival.