Disease Outbreaks

35 People Who Lost Their Jobs Due To CoV Share Their Heartbreaking Stories 

Anthony Barstow
March 20, 2020 1.5k votes 219 voters 5.3k views 35 items

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The rapid spread of CoV has had a devastating impact on the economy, with cities going into lockdown and businesses shuttering, either temporarily or permanently, all over the world. That means many people are out of work right now, and they all have heartbreaking stories.

Some of these people went to the Reddit forum r/AskReddit and shared their stories on the thread "People who lost their job due to this crisis what is your story?" These are just some of the heartbreaking ramifications of this worldwide crisis.

These posts have been lightly edited for language and clarity.

The Firing Line


Food and beverage manager at a large hotel. GM and HR gave me a list of employees to call and inform them that they would all be furloughed.

It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life. I had to stop halfway through the list just to sit in my office and cry. I had to encourage grown men and women that everything would work out and be OK when I had no idea myself if or when it would be. I went to work this morning, worked my normal 10 hours, then I was laid off at the end of the day.

I cried again on the way home.

For The Greater Good

From Redditor /u/edmidgley

They wanted a coworker and I to reduce our hours to half each because they could only afford one of us and didn't wanna make a redundancy. In the end, I took the redundancy. I'm 21 and live at home, meals provided. My coworker is a 30-year-old homeowner with bills and an unemployed girlfriend. Him loosing half his income for me seemed wrong. Better me than him.

Left It All Behind

From Redditor /u/rileyellen

We sold our house, packed up our stuff and our two young daughters, and moved our family to the Bay Area in California for my husband’s new job in SF. That was January 25 of this year. He lost his job on Monday as soon as they announced the shelter-in-place order. We left behind our families, friends, home, everything for this job. We don’t know what we’re going to do. Thankfully we have savings from selling our house while he looks for a job. We just don’t know who, if anyone, will be hiring anytime soon. I want to buy a school bus and convert it to an RV and go live in the mountains. I have yet to get my husband and our daughters on board with that plan though.

Lost In Italy

From Redditor /u/PauseAndReflect

I am f*cked. I’m American but live in Italy. Northern Italy, specifically.

Worked for the last five years for a tech startup that is heavily dependent on renting apartments and people traveling abroad in Europe for revenue, though my job in the company was totally back end. I was part of the first wave of employees and really liked my job. We were funded mostly by Silicon Valley investors.

The company had already decided our jobs were to be automated slowly and painfully, and I was already starting to look for a new job, but the process just got sped up due to the crisis and we all got the red slip on Monday.

My husband is a taxi driver, and he hasn’t worked in almost three weeks. We don’t know when he’ll be able to work again. I don’t know when I’ll even be able to get another job interview. We have a three-month emergency fund that I’ve built up thankfully and no credit card debt, but I’m terrified for the future. We’re both in our 30s, and got f*cked in 2008 when we graduated into that recession. Now? I’m worried I’ll never own a home and never have kids. I don’t know how any of that will be possible.

I feel hopeless. I’m going to fight my way out of this whichever way I can, but I’m honestly feeling defeated. And I’m scared we’re going to get sick eventually. Or one of our family members here in Italy will get sick. Or one of my family members in the U.S. will get sick, and I’ll be unable to fly back to be there.

We had an increase of around 4,450 cases and 427 more deaths in Italy today. I feel like a real [jerk] for even worrying about my finances in the face of this tragedy here, but I’m terrified for what’s next selfishly.

And I have no idea how I’m going to pay for my student loan going forward. It’s literally strangling me.

Just f*ck, guys. If you got laid off this week, I’m with you. I literally just feel like giving up.

Thanks for reading this if you did...I needed to vent. Stay good guys. And stay healthy, from us in Italy to wherever you are in the world.