Thousands of airline workers have been fired due to the coronavirus pandemic this year – but this flight attendant’s situation has become even more difficult.
Erica Carmine was a flight attendant at American Airlines before she was laid off earlier this year.
Her health benefits were said to have expired on October 15 and within days she was diagnosed with COVID-19 despite the extra precautions she was taking due to a heart condition.
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Carmine posted a photo of her test results on Twitter on Friday, calling on Congress to expand the payroll support program.
“As a flight attendant on leave, I lost my health insurance on October 15th,” Carmine tweeted. “Just diagnosed with COVID, with pre-existing heart disease, I’m at high risk. Will your political games cost me my life? #ExtendPSP »
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Carmine told Chicago’s WLS-TV on Friday that she took time off from work early to avoid contracting the virus – but now she’s lost so much.
“I ended up abandoning my apartment because I took this leave; I couldn’t afford my house anymore, ”Carmine told the local station.
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“I had to leave the state,” she added. “I ended up contracting the virus by losing my job, and now just five days after losing my health care benefits, I have a positive COVID test. “
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American Airlines laid off 19,000 employees earlier this month, the first and at the time the largest unintentional job cuts in the airline industry, the Associated Press reported.
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According to a previous report, of those 19,000 employees, approximately 8,100 were flight attendants and approximately 1,600 were pilots.
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