Mauricia Edenshaw (Photo courtesy of Edenshaw)

Throughout the pandemic, “essential workers” have gone to work in person, putting themselves at risk of catching COVID-19.

Mauricia Edenshaw is one of those essential workers. She’s a clerk at a local grocery store. At her request, we’re not naming the specific store — she says worried she could get in trouble at work.

I sat down with Edenshaw earlier this month to discuss her experience working at a grocery store during the pandemic. I started by asking her to think back to the first days of the pandemic — what it was like to work a job that put her at risk of catching a disease that the world knew very little about.