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Clifton Park, New York

When did the impact of COVID-19 first occur to you? How did your reaction to COVID-19 change between then and the first case in your town?

The impact first occurred to me in the beginning of March. It took a while for any news of a case in our town, although I’m not sure the statistics were accurate. By the time I’d heard of a case here, all safety measures were being followed. I was scared.

How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?

I’ve been getting prescriptions delivered, was mostly either getting groceries delivered or picking up. I used to shop every few days. Now once every 10 days for supermarket and once a month for Walmart items. The past couple of grocery shops now that numbers are decreasing, I’ve actually gone in.

How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?

Better than I was. Not as anxious. I’ve been walking, doing yoga, dancing, & riding my bike.

What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?

Social distancing and masks The plexiglass and tape marks on floors have surprised me

Are you a business owner who has had to close? If you are still open, how have you had to adjust how your business operates?


Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?


Are you an employee who has been laid off or furloughed? Were you able to get unemployment? Were you able to retain your health insurance?

Furloughed- was very part-time

Do you have children at home? How’s it going?

Grown children . College decision has been uncomfortable. Going well, considering

If you’re a student, was school canceled? Were you able to complete your studies online? Do you think you’ll be back on campus in the fall?

My son was able to finish his ACC classes online. His 4-year college is planning on August - Thanksgiving break, then online till Spring break

How are you using social media, the Internet, or digital platforms during the pandemic?

As a support network

Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?

Plans for Shen graduation seem to be under way. (son’s) For our 30th anniversary, we picked up Red Lobster and took it to a lake to eat.

Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?

Just fish

What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?

Asked if people needed things Tipped the delivery and pickup grocery employees Contributed to musicians’ online tip jars

Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?

Not sure

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

That certain groceries would be hard to obtain, that masks would eventually be recommended

What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?

Prepare by having masks, gloves, disinfectant and sanitizers on hand, as well as vitamin C, D, Mucinex and natural immune boosting supplements on hand, including garlic

How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?

For some, no changes (the ones that don’t think it’s a big threat), for others, continued safety protocols. I think more online schooling, phone consult counseling and Dr. visits will continue.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?

People should really look into natural remedies, since there is so little recommended treatment.

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Covid History




“Lisa,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022,

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