Season 2: Coronavirus

Meet the people most affected by COVID-19 in Chicago, from Steven, living on the streets and unable to self-isolate to Holly, working every day to slow the global spread of the virus.

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Dameka Edwards-Hart and Ashley Edwards

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Dameka Edwards-Hart and Ashley Edwards

Sisters Dameka and Ashley lost their father to coronavirus weeks after Dameka's birthday.

Dameka Edwards-Hart and Ashley Edwards

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Che Chapple

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Che Chapple

Coronavirus has truck driver Che worried for his health and his family's situation.

Che Chapple

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Jennifer Schaff

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Jennifer Schaff

Excitement turned to fear with the spread of coronavirus for a pregnant Jennifer Schaff.

Jennifer Schaff

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Will Duncan

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Will Duncan

Will Duncan had a creative response to help his employees in the age of coronavirus.

Will Duncan

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates

Artist Theaster Gates has teamed up with fashion designers to produce protective masks.

Theaster Gates

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Sherry Boswell

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Sherry Boswell

Sherry's mom has Alzheimer's but their encounter through glass keeps the memory alive.

Sherry Boswell

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Nancy Arcadio

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Nancy Arcadio

Coronavirus has given Nancy Arcadio's struggling family business a second life.

Nancy Arcadio

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Lori Cannon

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Lori Cannon

Lori uses networks established 30 years ago to serve Chicagoans affected by coronavirus.

Lori Cannon

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Eric Kwok

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Eric Kwok

Eric Kwok is fighting to save Chicago's Chinatown through his food services company.

Eric Kwok

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Michelle Garcia

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Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia is an activist who has cerebral palsy and cares for her bedridden husband.

Michelle Garcia

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Sammy Dattulo

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Sammy Dattulo

Sammy Datulo knows handling garbage puts him at risk, but his job is as important as ever.

Sammy Dattulo

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Falguni Dave

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Falguni Dave

Nurse Falguni Dave works in a COVID-19 unit and must live apart from her family.

Falguni Dave

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Fr. Stephen Kanonik

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Fr. Stephen Kanonik

With coronavirus, Father Stephen Kanonik suddenly finds his chapel empty and has an idea.

Fr. Stephen Kanonik

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Tina Renaldi

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Tina Renaldi

In the age of coronavirus, Tina feels like the homeless are an afterthought by society.

Tina Renaldi

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Jahmal Cole

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Jahmal Cole

When activist Jahmal Cole sees people in need, he takes action.

Jahmal Cole