By Diego Perez and Tom Ackerman

Jesus Hernandez, a CT scan technologist in Chicago, saw the financial effects of COVID-19 when his $1,200 stimulus check did not directly benefit him, but rather it benefitted someone else.

“Since I was working, I was able to lend my money to someone else who was not working at that time. I was able to let them borrow the stimulus check and help them pay bills,” said Hernandez, who gave his son-in-law the stimulus check. He has since been paid back.

While Congress is still debating the possibility of a second stimulus check for those impacted by the pandemic, Hernandez said he would spend a second check on bills or again help others who are out of a job. …

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