VGDH04 Julia

Julia: Desde Lejos

For The New York­er mag­a­zine in mid-April, Jonathon Blitzer wrote a pow­er­ful arti­cle about Juan Sanabria, one of New York’s first vic­tims of COVID-19. A well-liked Door­man in the Bronx, only 52 years old, Sanabria became ill rapid­ly and spent his last days on a ven­ti­la­tor and alone. His step-daugh­ter was only able to com­mu­ni­cate with him through a win­dow. It was the first spe­cif­ic sto­ry of this sit­u­a­tion that I read about and it has stuck with me, as the trag­ic sce­nario plays out over and over again.

Ven­ti­la­tors have become a sym­bol of the pan­dem­ic, a twist­ed pair­ing of man and machine, while bar­ri­ers — on the hands, over the face, between con­ver­sa­tions, sep­a­rate us at the times we most need others.