Covid-History Item Type Metadata
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?
In the first week of March. The gravity of the situation felt closer to home as to all intents the virus went from Wuhan in China to my hometown in 3 weeks.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
Both my older kids were furloughed. My youngest hasn’t been at school and is missing her friends and I haven’t been able to spend any time with my Mother.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I’m feeling ok. I find myself more tired than normal. I play the guitar to relax. I found in the first few weeks that I struggled to read as much as I usually do. I definitely found it more difficult to concentrate.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
How easily people can isolate.
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?
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
I’ve found it relatively to be an easy transition. More virtual meetings but that’s all really.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
My children have dealt well. If anything the home schooling is benefiting my 9 year old.
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?
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
I have missed 2 funerals, a communion, and a 60th birthday party.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
A definite sense of community and a willingness to help senior citizens.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
Yes. Both had mild symptoms but tested positive
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
We couldn’t even attend the funeral.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
To stock up on household essentials.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
By being responsible during lockdown. Don’t be selfish and think over how your actions might affect others.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
Freedom to travel will become much more expensive.
Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Gary,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/118.