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Jane St. Louis, a grocery store employee, poses in her garage in Damascus, Md., April 30, 2020. To avoid bringing the new coronavirus home to her husband, daughter and granddaughter after work, she sheds clothing and sanitizes her hands in the garage, then showers before putting the clothes in the washing machine.

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New York staffers Alexandra Olson and Mae Anderson, business writers, and Angel Kastanis, data journalist, used census data from the 100 largest U.S. cities as a starting point for a series of vivid portraits of the workers living and dying on the front lines of the pandemic – most are women, people of color and more likely to be immigrants.

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New York City subway conductor Desmond Hill waits at 86th Street for an N train, April 30, 2020. Hill is a music writer who plays the trumpet and the flugelhorn, but he makes his living as a conductor. He says his days are punctuated by moments of “mental anguish,” as he tries to avoid the virus closing in around him.

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