What It’s Like Being A Gravedigger During The Pandemic

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This article provides an interesting dive into a little thought-of occupation: gravediggers. On average, the cemeteries Nick Galuppo worked at handled one to three burials a day. But when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the US, that number (unsurprisingly) spiked to 10–15 daily for three months straight. The gravediggers ended up squeezing 20 hours of labour into an eight-hour work day, and the sophisticated protocols designed to keep graves safe and tidy started to be ignored; a bit like how certain governments ignored their pre-written pandemic plans! Read full article here

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