Ever since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in New York, things were about to be difficult. This multiplied being a transit employee for Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). As a Station Agent, we are the ones that interact with the people of New York.

As the weeks went by and the number of COVID-19 cases went up, it was very difficult to protect ourselves. Supplies of gloves, masks, and disinfectants were very hard to come by and the response of our employer was slow. By the time we were provided with protective equipment, many coworkers have died. I always wonder and fear whether or not I will succumb to this powerful virus. But with a wife to support and many businesses shut down because of this pandemic, I am also fortunate enough to provide an income and not worry if I’ll be able to pay the bills on time.

I only hope and pray for the day when everyone becomes immune to this virus and we can resume life as normal.  Since I am an essential worker, I pass by my neighborhood and witness emptiness. People are secluded in their homes waiting for the virus out. I try to be optimistic about the future of our country.