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Saratoga Springs, 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 became aware when Italy was on the news everyday with it's count going up. 2 pharmacist in our area were COVID 19 positive and that really brought it home to me. At first I thought masks in the store were a little over the top but even before it became a mandate I became a believer.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
My husband and I have learned the importance of clearly communicating....and I would have thought we already did that well but this was a challenge that we had to find our way thru. We see our friends less.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
At times I feel very stressed by the overall change in our life and the news can be a big addition to that. I try very hard to turn off the news, walk outside, work in my yard, talk to family and friends and remember to breath.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
People seem kinder and more patient with each other. I am surprised when people are critical of how an individual chooses to protect themselves and their family.
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?
Yes, Registered Nurse - Hospice. I spend my days at Home of the Good Shepherd facilities. I have been wearing PPE since the very beginning. At home I originally felt I was likely to be "the vector" so stayed away from everyone but my husband. Now that it is June and Home of the Good Shepherd has remained free of COVID 19 I try to limit my contact so that I am not the person who brings COVID 19 to the facility.
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?
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
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?
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
Yes, we have a cat - we always have cats so no change for us there
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I donated to the Franklin Community Center Food Pantry weekly - providing the foods they were requesting on Facebook. we have ordered out from local restaurants weekly at least. Since my husband and I both remained working thru all of this we have tried to follow the adage to tip well if you can. And to pay in cash so the server gets the whole amount.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
that I should never taking hugging my family (outside my house family - grown children - grandkids) for granted
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
That it is best to share - especially the high demand items like toilet paper. And remember people living on a tight budget cannot hoard and if we all shop normal there will be enough.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I have noticed kids playing outside more often and their parents playing with them. I believe that less organized sports supports families.
Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?
My goal post pandemic is to not waste food. During the pandemic we only went to the grocery store once or at the most twice a week so were very aware of what we were buying and meal planning. Wasting food is as my parents told me a sin....so I hope to remember to use up leftovers and buy only what I need and will use.
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