Estados Unidos - Argentina

The pandemic has attacked on all fronts: the price of food in the air, $ 4 more that appears in the restaurant bill, a new charge for COVID-19 to pay for customer protection measures; that sign in doctors’ offices advertising $ 10 on top of the already hefty bills that dentists and doctors charge their patients.

Those are some of the costs that COVID-19 has brought, which hits everyone’s pocket and drowns the 30 million unemployed in the United States.

For Jilma Guevara, who lost her job as a security guard at the Miami Airport in March and has spending more than $ 300 on medicine, the situation is dire. She doesn’t know how she is going to pay the $ 1,600 rent now that she is going to live alone on Florida unemployment assistance, about $ 250 a week, after the $ 600 federal subsidy ended on July 31.

And above all, she wonders if she will have to choose between paying the roof and eating because the increasing cost of food and basic necessities is pushing her against the wall.

“My situation is not difficult, but very, very difficult. I have to pay rent, I have to look for my medicines because illnesses can come if my diabetes is not controlled, and I have to eat, “said the 57-year-old security guard who considers that his supermarket bill has increased from 15 to one 20 percent, and despite being in a difficult situation, have not received food stamps.

Guevara adds to his financial worries a sense of “anger and annoyance” because the company he worked for, Eulen America, received millions in federal aid from the CARES Act to pay its employees, and yet it has not hired a company again. seasoned employee like her.