Following the conclusion of season 2, executive producers Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen, and Dave Caplan revealed the pandemic would be "woven" in the storyline.
During the time, Helford said,
"We'll absolutely be dealing with it. We're a show that reflects reality, so we're obligated [to address it]. I would think somebody in the family would be taking the jobs no one else wants, [like] working in grocery stores."
Bruce further added,
"They'd be taking jobs that put them at risk because they need the money, like most of blue-collar America."