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Wilton, 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?

I was first concerned about COVID-19 in January 2020. I had to travel by train and spend time in a crowded city for a few days. I always take extra precautions during flu season and felt safe enough without many details about the virus. I had to travel again at the end of February by plane and was aware that I could come into contact with the virus because it was "in the US." Two weeks later we were in lock down. I would not have done anything differently except stayed home from my trip in February. I am grateful that I was safe - mask no, scarf yes. Hand sanitizer and wipes when soap and water were not available. I suppose my interest in epidemics and virology via horror books has paid off.

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

I have all the time in the world. Things that I would compress in a limited time before and after work, can be done all day. I'm not rushing to do anything. No hurry up and wait. I wish it would last forever...this way of living, not the pandemic.

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

I enjoy working from home but I feel like I'm in a bubble and not part of reality. I miss humanity - the good, bad, quirkiness, differences, color and ideas. It's not the same behind a video camera. I practice yoga, run, walk, bike and hike. I have a lot good habits that have not been put to the side.

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

I don't get out much but I realize that I have a lot of privilege to stay home. My only observation is that inside spaces, most people adhere to social distancing and face coverings. Outside spaces, most people are not. I love that the people, organizations and businesses that I support have found innovative ways to connect.

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

I am using Instagram and Flickr to photo-document my experience.

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


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

My cats are happy that I am home more since I have to recreate local. They sleep all day or become's very inconsistent.

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

Wash your hands, stay home if you are not feeling well and continue to innovate, expand your inner circle and know who you can depend on and trust.

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

I don't think much will change; perhaps no more handshakes and less travel for work because we have proven that virtual works. Hybrid means to work and provide services to customers.

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Southern Adirondack Library System




Covid History




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

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