Pandemic perks
COVID-19A silver lining to the coronavirus crisis

Pandemic perks

The stay-at-home orders allowed this Monroeville resident to be with her husband during his final days.

Jack Silverstein and Donna Wolfson (Photo provided by Donna Wolfson)
Jack Silverstein and Donna Wolfson (Photo provided by Donna Wolfson)

During these surreal and challenging days, have you found any silver linings?
Maybe spending more time at home has given you a greater appreciation for your family. Maybe you have found inspiration through an online Jewish course. Or maybe you finally have the time to learn to knit or play the sax or master Portuguese. We want to hear all about it!
Send your “Pandemic Perk” to Toby Tabachnick at, along with your name, neighborhood and photo. Your submission could be included in print and on our website,

A blessing in disguise
My husband transitioned to hospice care the same day my employer ordered everyone to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was working, and therefore still earning a paycheck, and I was able to be at home with my husband during the remaining weeks of his life. My employer was incredibly compassionate and permitted me to work whatever hours I could spread over 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any hours fewer than the requisite 40 hours for the week were credited to FMLA (the Family and Medical Leave Act). Had there not been a pandemic, I would have had no choice but to take the entire time my husband was in hospice care as unpaid FMLA.

My heart aches for the unfortunate COVID victims (and other patients) who died alone in the hospitals and whose loved ones were unable to be with them. I was blessed because I was able to be with my husband the entire time.

This certainly is not your usual “perk” but to me the pandemic turned out to be the silver lining behind the cloud.

Donna L. Wolfson

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