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First person: COVID-19 stories from the world of work

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in ways we could hardly have imagined. Everyone has been affected and everyone has a story to share. At the International Labour Organization, we wanted to hear first-hand from people in the world of work. So, we contacted them and asked:

How has the virus affected their work?
How are their countries responding?
What have they learned from this experience so far?

We spoke to government officials, business owners and essential workers, those working from home and those who have lost their jobs, young people just starting their first job and retirees-turned-volunteers. Their stories paint a gripping picture of how COVID-19 has affected the world of work and what the response has been.

Click on a video to virtually travel from New York to New Zealand, from Dubai to Douala. And come back often as we continue to add more COVID-19 stories from the world of work.

Read more about the ILO’s COVID-19 response:
How are countries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
The impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy
COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry

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