A Son’s Reflections On The Loss Of His Father To COVID-19

September 22, 2021
Obed Manuel Family Jose FatherObed Manuel Family Jose FatherCourtesy Obed Manuel/CPR News
Clockwise from left, Jose Manuel, Carlos Manuel, Guillermina Estrada and Obed Manuel in 2011.

Like a stretched-out panic attack. That's how Obed Manuel describes witnessing his father's months-long battle with COVID-19. Obed, audience editor at CPR News, reflects on loss and cooking, a symbol of his parents' love. He wrote about his experience for the Texas Observer in "On the Coronavirus, Loss, and My Mom's Tacos."

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Huevo con Chorizo tacos made by Obed's mom on New Year's Eve, 2020.