We're all still here. The new job is intense, exhausting, interesting. Hard but mostly good. I talk to people who have been positively diagnosed with COVID all day. Some have no symptoms, some have the sniffles, some are really, really sick. Some can't talk to me because they aren't ever going to speak to anyone ever again.
Mostly, the people who get tested are the ones who can afford it if they need to stay home. They have sick leave and savings. Jobs they can go back to. The ones who can't afford it are mostly doing what they always do - survive or die quietly.
This isn't the flu and everyone should have worn their Goddamm masks last March.