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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?

When schools were closed and we went to online learning and when supermarket shelves were empty for certain items.

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

Social distancing from friends, wearing mask, sanitizing everything all the time, not going far from home,

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

I am worried about getting Covid because of my age and you don’t know if it will be deadly or not. To relieve anxiety I started painting and doing more mixed art media projects.

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

People are keeping their distance. Businesses are following guidelines put forth. I am surprised that almost everyone is wearing a mask.

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?

I am newly retired and caring for my granddaughter.

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

Yes, 1 6yr old. It’s been challenging with online learning (she doesn’t like it) and she has been sad about not seeing her friends. We have been social distancing a lot.

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

Technology has been amazing during this time. Can get up to date info on internet. If missed Gov Cuomo update I could just catch it on utube. Set up Messenger Kids for granddaughter so she could call and see friends on her iPad. It has helped her feel less isolated.

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

Had to cancel granddaughter’s birthday party. She was sad about it but we had a party at home complete with decorations, piñata and lots of presents!

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

We had a cat but she became very sick and we had to have her put to sleep. However, if school does not start in September, we will be getting a hamster to bring some joy into the household.

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

People are coming together as a community. Supporting each other.

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

Yes. It was scary because we had contact with this person. Luckily masks were worn, but it was a very stressful few days before test results came back negative.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

What items I should have stocked up on before the hoarders hit the supermarket shelves.

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

It was a scary time with lots of uncertainties. Take nothing for granted. Be kind to others in need. Pay attention!

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

We will be more aware of what we are hearing in the news, more keen on sanitizing things, probably stock up on essential items in case they disappear again, love our friends and family everyday and not take things for granted.

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Covid History




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

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