“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor COVID-19 stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Except for the pandemic mention, these words have long been the unofficial motto of U.S. Postal Service letter carriers. They were chiseled in granite on the monumental 1912 New York General Post Office. They are lived daily by hundreds of thousands of postal workers.
For their fellow citizens, the mail has assumed new important with millions shut in by the pandemic.
Private-sector carriers such as United Parcel Service — founded in Seattle — and FedEx can’t begin to fill the demand for all manner of goods to be delivered at American doorsteps. Many of us rely on mail-order pharmacies, too.
The Postal Service is essential, affordable and goes everywhere. As in the 1918 influenza pandemic, the agency has continued its logistical feat during COVID-19. Meanwhile, at least 12,000 of its workers have been infected and 67 have died.