Covid-History Item Type Metadata
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?
Late January 2020. I initially hoped it was being overblown in the press because I didn't want my April 2020 trip to Paris to be canceled. By the time the threat became real, I just wanted to be safe.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
Much more stressful and full of anxiety. Juggling work and child rearing is nearly impossible.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
Anxious, grateful for the respite of the summer, resigned to a recurrence in the fall. Exercise, writing, wine!
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Polarization of face mask wearers vs non face mask wearers. I'm surprised at the number of people who don't wear them. The scientific evidence is there for all to see. Also-it's incredibly selfish not to wear one.
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?
Part from home, part in the office. I normally work from home for half of the year. so not many adjustments. Except when my child is here.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
Yes. Poorly, although much better since school ended.
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
Yes-trip to Paris. Nothing. Stayed home and fought with my daughter about home schooling.
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?
Reconnection with friends who live at a distance via phone/facetime/etc
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
Yes. One asymptomatic, one symptomatic. The latter whined like an infant, though.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
That school would end on 3/13/20.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
It has affected so many people differently. There is nothing equal about its effect. The rich can go to 2nd or 3rd home and have save space. The rest of us had a hammer laid down on us overnight. Don't elect an ignorant president and don't pretend health care for everyone isn't important.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
Who the hell knows? Too soon to tell.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Maggie,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/142.