Letters to the Editor

Household helpers need help

There are people in the community, who for one reason or another, employ household help for cleaning, cooking, gardening etc., weekly or biweekly. Many have probably been employed for years. These helpers go from house to house encountering many people and then have their own families to take of. So this is an occupation, that is, at the moment, hazardous to both the clients and the helper.

The families of the helpers rely on this income, but they might have very little assistance from unemployment benefits and other help.

I therefore ask the private employers of household help to keep the help in your budget, until our lives are normal again. This means to pay your help not to work. This will be a small price for a great benefit to you, the helper and the whole community by eliminating a route for spreading of the virus.

If your household includes younger members, this might be a good time to teach them to clean, cook and do laundering and prepare them for independent living.

Birgit Coffman

Iowa City

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