Created in collaboration with
and illustrated by Thi Bui, Investigative Reporting Workshop
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States at a moment when the wealth divide was at record levels: millions of people living paycheck to paycheck, uninsured and unhoused, in a country that is home to the most billionaires in the world. Created in collaboration with The Nib, In/Vulnerable is a weekly series that captures both the shared experience of the pandemic and the ways it has laid bare the stark disparities that shape our lives.
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Pine Prairie, Louisiana
“If the virus makes it here, this place is a ticking time bomb.”
San Mateo, California
“Scary times can be exciting as well.”
“It felt like the floor was giving in on me.”
“My daughter died giving her heart helping.”
New London, Connecticut
“I was going to save everybody else in this world.”
New York City
“This is going to be a different city.”
San Francisco, Chinatown
“A restaurant is a living, breathing part of the community.”
“We’re building luxury bunkers.”
“I was forced to drive across the country during a pandemic just to get health care.”
Fayetteville, North Carolina
“A lot of us feel we are living in a state of tyranny.”
“I have to be out there. They’re killing us.”
Staten Island, New York
“We’re not treated like people. We’re numbers.”
Florence, South Carolina
“We have always been able to say goodbye to those who have left this life.”
Bayport, New York
“What everyone shares is the desire to shelter in place in a safe haven.”
New York, NY
“No matter what we did, we just couldn’t catch up.”
This is a weekly series that launched May 18, 2020.
Series edited by Amanda Pike and Esther Kaplan. Interviews by Reveal staff and adapted into comic scripts by Sarah Mirk.
This story was originally published by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom at the American University School of Communication. To see the original story, click here