Edited by Veronica M. March 25, 2020
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself. Everything is closed down, government has done everything it could, society has done everything it could. Now it’s up to you.”Gov. Andrew cuomo, covid19 pandemic, april 2020
It’s 5:30 pm on a Friday night during Quarantine. The streets are quiet and the Brooklyn-queens expressway is empty. The borough of Queens is considered to be among one of the hardest-hit locations of the virus as the city continues to try to keep up with new issues this virus has caused.
The United States has lost 20.6 million jobs since March 2020, resulting in an unemployment rate of 14.7%, surpassing the peak of unemployment during the Great Depression from the 1930s. According to the Department of Labor in California, millions of U.S. residents were counted as employed in April despite having no job, suggesting April’s true unemployment rate was closer to 20%.
The city we once knew to be lit up from the ground up, opportunity-filled, and aesthetically potent is dead.
Traffic is a thing of the past since COVID-19 infected city dwellers of New York City.
The city that never sleeps has finally taken a nap. In fact, it is in a coma. The heartbeat of the city known as Times Square is a ghost town.
Why does this matter? A pandemic hasn’t occurred in any of ours or our parent’s lifetime and it’s leaving Americans in a state of chaos, especially with a presidential election around the corner. The ways in which the pandemic is framed to the public through the news will directly impact our decisions in what we value as we think about who to vote for when election time comes.