LONAS: The Unsung Heros of Covid-19

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Thursday, April 30, 2020


Once states shut down and only businesses deemed essential were left, I think we all got a wake-up call. The days of going to the mall to hang out or watching high school baseball games were over.  Most of us stepped back and were forced to be in our home; however, others had to step up and go out despite the dangers.

Many have been getting rightful recognition for stepping up: people in the medical field, police force, and firefighters. What they do is amazing every day whether there is a pandemic or not.

However, I want to highlight the jobs that many of us took for granted. These jobs keep our economy functioning, keep food on shelves, and buildings standing. Despite our lack of appreciation, they have been on the front lines of this too. This list is not a full one, but here are some people who also deserve recognition for what they are doing every day.

Utilities

Janitors, plumbers, electricians, and other maintenance people have stepped up and kept buildings and homes running. Janitors, who deal with cleaning up after people on a daily basis, now have to be worried about Covid being on any surface they touch. Plumbers, electricians, and others go into buildings and people’s homes and fix whatever is broken without knowing if the family has been sick or where they have been. All these people do this with makeshift masks. The very buildings in which we live and work would be dirty or broken were it not for them.

Grocery Store Workers

You know that place that everyone ran to and panic bought toilet paper and beans? There were thousands of grocery store workers who had to check those people out, restock the shelves, and clean the stores. Never underestimate the importance of the people who sell you food.

Restaurant Workers

On a similar note, do not underestimate people who make your food either. Most restaurants and cafes remain open for drive-thru or pickup. People who are working and need food quickly or simply those who need a break from chores still patron them. These workers take raw materials to craft delicious meals for us when we’re too busy or too lazy to do so ourselves. While we’re at home, they’re busy exposing themselves to strangers so we have something to eat.

Farmers

Farmers are the ones who grow our food and are keeping up with the high demands for the shelves to be stocked. If it wasn’t for them, there would have been a valid reason to panic buy food. However, they have stepped up and have made sure the American people never have to worry about food being on the shelves.

Delivery Drivers

Whether it is amazon packages, food, or mail, these people deserve a lot of credit. You don’t magically get all the stuff you order. These drivers have been working tirelessly to get people what they paid for. Their work is very important during this time, especially when more people are starting to order online because they can’t go out. Without these workers, many wouldn’t be able to get things they need or want right now since the stores are closed.

There are many more jobs that could have been added to the list. These are the top five I felt that have been underappreciated a lot during this pandemic. Remember when you can stay home and not worry about the outside world falling apart, it is because of these people.

Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

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