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Adrift in the coronavirus pandemic: Families with children under age 5

November 28, 2022
Adrift in the coronavirus pandemic: Families with children under age 5

Patricia Guzman sounds tired. She’s juggling a 2-month-old infant and a rambunctious 4-year-old who doesn’t understand why he’s been stuck inside so long.

‚ÄčThe panic buying in Chicago began in mid-March around the time that Guzman’s husband was sent home on mandatory leave from his job as a forklift operator. Worried about money, the couple quickly discovered nearby stores were sold out of baby formula. Guzman recalls sending her husband out to buy distilled water to mix what she had, and him coming up short.

"Everybody was buying everything," she said, "My husband had to go to five different stores to get me two gallons (of distilled water), you can't just use tap water in baby formula.

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