(CNN)Dr. Monica Peek was shopping for groceries on Chicago’s South Side when she noticed half the 15 or so store clerks weren’t donning masks. An internist who helps screen coronavirus patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center’s emergency room, Peek knows what’s at stake. “Honey, you need to be wearing a mask,” she told the woman at the checkout counter. “She said, ‘Really?’ It was kind of sad — like, I know it but I don’t have one.”The clerks, like Peek, are African American. They were checking and bagging, stocking aisles and mopping the market floor in the predominantly black Bronzeville neighborhood. They worked while so many others stayed safe at home.”I have two (masks) in my car,” the doctor told the cashier. “I’ll go get you one. I brought her back a mask and gloves… I wanted to cry.”The recollection upset Peek. She paused.”In the emergency room there was a guy who was a security guard begging me for an N95 mask,” said Peek, whose hospital is in Hyde Park, also on the South Side. “He asked if I’d give him him an extra one. He was being screened for the coronavirus. He didn’t have a mask and


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