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For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Posted On: Aug 9, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

CHICAGO - For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy.
Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into her retirement account to pay her bills, frustrated that her $600 weekly emergency federal aid payments have expired. She yearns, too, for an end to the twin disasters that now dominate her life: recession and pandemic.
“I don't deal well with the unknowns,” she says. “I never have.”
Across America are legions of Kelly Flints, women and men who don't know when they'll receive another paycheck - or if.
The coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic upheaval have thrown millions of lives into disarray. Industries have collapsed, businesses closed, jobs disappeared. Compounding the misery is a question no one can answer: When will this all be over?
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