Hi Emily, Thank you for your post, and I'm sorry about your unemployment. I don't know if you went through this, but my mother was laid off during the pandemic, and what is important to note is both her anxiety and stress, as well as how that reverberated to her relationships with others (friends who were also unemployed, and her daughter (me!) who was tasked with navigating a very slow and complicated unemployment system). it was not just the time, but the stress of that too. multiply this by the millions of others who shared the same fate, it seems important to take these experiences into account in any narration of the pandemic. I also appreciate the distinction you make between deliberate erasure and a refusal to represent out of respect for someone who does not have the ability to express consent.