In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world have faced great loss and isolation. In particular, essential workers have been thrust into dangerous situations where they must risk the health of themselves and their loved ones. In this collection, we honor their efforts by sharing their stories on the front lines of the pandemic.

In addition to the voices of essential workers, this collection also highlights loved ones who have found new ways to connect with each other. Despite being miles apart, our new platform, StoryCorps Connect, allows friends and family to interview through the safety and comfort of their own homes. Read on to hear difficult and uplifting moments shared by the people around you.

Your story deserves to be heard. StoryCorps Connect makes it possible to interview a loved one remotely and then upload it to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress. Learn more at StoryCorpsConnect.org.

‘We’re Like A Lifeline’: Postal Workers
Fight Fear To Work In A Pandemic

When Evette Jourdain was struggling to get back on her feet, landing a job as a postal worker in Palm Beach, Florida seemed like a blessing. Now the job carries with it risks she never imagined.
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"The bravest of us right now is absolutely terrified."
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For Old Friends, Hospital Work Brings New Challenges In COVID-19

With almost 400 miles between them, nurse Josh Belser and health-technician Sam Dow talk about their decades-long friendship and how they continue to support each other.
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“The most difficult part of this is losing my best friend.”
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After Surviving COVID-19, A Mom And Daughter Mourn Loved Ones

At Jackie Stockton’s 90th birthday party in early March, COVID-19 broke out in her community. Two loved ones did not survive. She speaks on how she keeps faith during this painful time.
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They Don’t See The Innocence In You

Albert Sykes talks to his 15-year-old son, Aidan, about raising three Black sons in Mississippi, why they go to protests together, and what Albert’s hopes are for his son’s future.
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Together
At A Distance

Due to his risk of COVID-19 exposure at the hospital, Dr. Roberto Vargas has been isolating himself from his wife, Susan, and their four young kids for two months.
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"It's like pieces of a puzzle that we're just now putting together."
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After 15 Years of Incarceration, Mother is Reunited with Daughter Due to COVID-19

In their first weekend together since Nia Cosby was incarcerated for mortgage fraud, Nia and her daughter, Chalana, reflect on their love for each other.
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“I visited him March 8th. I just got this feeling that I needed to go see him.”
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After Losing Her Father to COVID-19, A Daughter Reflects On His WWII Service

Hannah reflects on the life of her father, Army Staff Sergeant Emilio “Leo” DiPalma, who served as a guard during the first Nuremberg Trials.
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We Have A
Driver’s Heart

Tyrone Hampton and Frank de Jesus are New York City bus operators and close colleagues. They’ve lost dozens of fellow bus operators to COVID-19.
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You’re Stronger
Than You Feel

Dan Flynn travels across the country to serve on the national mortuary response team in the epicenter of the pandemic — New York City.
Read the full transcript here.

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