In mid-March of this year, the pandemic generated by a new type of coronavirus was present in Argentina and forced all workers in our city to rethink their daily practices. In many cases, they had to completely reconfigure their work to serve the new needs generated by this extraordinary situation.
Caring for people who contract COVID-19 and their families is a task that could be simpler than it is, if it were not for the fact that, in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, we do it with a population that has been severely affected by structural adjustment and the current socioeconomic crisis. We do not work with numbers but with real people, with concrete bodies that have stories, sufferings, and difficulties of all kinds. Coming into contact with a confirmed case reveals all kinds of distressing situations that deserve a comprehensive approach. Each person may be going through a possible emergency situation that requires the intervention of multiple actors. There must be many circuits operating simultaneously, from the person bringing the bag of merchandise to the home of those who have no income to the person driving the van that transfers people to the isolation center, among many others.
We want to recognize the work done by essential workers of San Martín in pursuit of the well-being of the residents of the city. This includes health care workers, community leaders, social assistants, call center operators, and many more. Our aim is to give visibility to the networks of solidarity and care that have been generated and strengthened in these last few months.