Delivery workers have suddenly been thrust to the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic. Take New York City: With the five boroughs’ 8 million people being urged to stay home and its restaurants ordered closed, save for takeout and delivery, the city’s delivery workers — like me — are essentially being asked to become a kind of first responder, filling a vital gap in the city’s infrastructure as all else grinds to a halt.The city’s delivery workers — like me — are essentially being asked to become a kind of first responder.This is a dangerous undertaking. According to government data, as reported by The New York Times, couriers risk on-the-work exposure to disease at almost the same rate as nurses, social workers and paramedics. In the course of a full work day, we might do as many as two dozen deliveries. That means interacting with countless people, from customers to security guards to restaurant staff, not to mention surfaces like door handles, intercoms and elevator buttons in buildings all over the city.Get the think newsletter.Two weeks ago, before New York’s restaurant shutdown, I delivered ramen, pizza and burgers to a city that was already on edge. With each order, I


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