People And The Pandemic, Episode 3: Anil Gharmalkar, Jalon Evans-Gharmalkar And Tamarah Chancellor

Jul 20, 2020

Anil Gharmalkar came down with COVID-19 in April, and ended up in the ICU. "They gave me an hour while they were getting things ready for me to make any calls or do anything I wanted to do," he says, "so I thought those were going to be possibly some of the last calls I made."
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A first-hand account of what it's like to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and how a family handled the situation.

The term "essential worker" covers a wide range of jobs that proved especially vital when Kansans were hiding out at home from the coronavirus.

Anil Gharmalkar of Oswego has one of those jobs: He’s a truck driver, and traveled across several states with trailer-loads of food so there would be meat on grocery story shelves.

It was on the road where COVID-19 caught up with Gharmalkar. He, his wife and his mother spoke with the Kansas News Service about how the virus wears down your body and your mind.