Interview 03: Rachel
August 19, 2020
Stress self-rating: 3     
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed
Essential health worker
House Type
Lower storey apartment
in block of units
Approx. 1,000 sf
2 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1930s, frame / concrete block
Household Size:    3
1 Child                        
2 Adults                     
Persons Per Room   1.00

Rachel is an essential health worker who left for work daily though the stay-at-home order. She lives with her high-school-aged daughter, and brother (who also worked outside the house through the pandemic). Rachel slept in the living room at night, while her daughter took over the living and dining rooms for study and recreation during the day while the house was empty. Transitioning to study at home proved difficult, with limited laptop access and initial troubles connecting to the internet. These disruptions caused Rachel’s daughter’s grades to suffer, though they were subsequently made up over summer school. Rachel is also part of a closed social network of family members including her sisters, cousin, and niece. Rachel and her sisters are all essential workers, and constantly take COVID tests and screenings. Thus, Rachel and her family members are able to safely get together on weekends to play cards and board games. 