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People and the Pandemic, Episode 3: Anil Gharmalkar (My Fellow Kansans, Season 3)

 Anil Gharmalkar, a long distance truck driver, came down with COVID-19 in April, and ended up in the ICU. His family struggled with not being able to be with him as he fought for his life from a hospital bed. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service)

The term "essential worker" covers a wide range of jobs that proved especially vital when Kansans were hiding out at home from the coronavirus. Anil Gharmalkar, of Oswego, has one of those jobs. He’s a truck driver and traveled across several states with trailer-loads of food so there would be meat on grocery store shelves. It was on the road where COVID-19 caught up with Gharmalkar. He, his wife and his mother spoke with the Kansas News Service about how the virus wears down your body and your mind.

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Click here to listen to the previous episode in our series: People and the Pandemic, Episode 2: Gabrielle Griffie
Click here to listen to the next episode in our series: People and the Pandemic, Episode 4: Ehlaina Hartman

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