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Ballston Spa, 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?

3/14/2020. I became a little bit frightened.

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

As a senior with some health issues, I only go out once every two weeks. I borrow books from Overdrive and online sources for old books.

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

Nervous as we start to reopen. I read a lot and take walks.

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

People are home yet my neighborhood is pretty quiet. The people who are refusing to wear masks and think the media is making too much of the virus. I was shocked when stores sold out of toilet paper! I mean, how much did people think they were going to need?!

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?


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

Yes. They are bored and want to see their friends, but aren't complaining. They do their school work and FaceTime friends.

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?


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

FaceTime my family and play Wii games with my family in California thru Zoom.

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

My grandchildren's 5th and 8th grade moving up days. They both had their special school trips cancelled.

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

We have 3 cats. They love having the kids around all the time.

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


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

I think there will be less human touching with people we are not close to and more between people we are close to. I hope we'll appreciate being able to see people whenever we want and go places.

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COVID-19 (Disease)


Southern Adirondack Library System


Southern Adirondack Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


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

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