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Greenwich, 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?

In January. My daughter participates in indoor track and there were already people wearing masks. I thought they were a trifle over-the-top. I don't know when the first case hit our town. It wasn't until a friend from town was afflicted that I took it seriously.

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

I already worked mostly from home, so that wasn't a big shift for me. Going to Hannaford got scary. I spent a lot of time wiping down groceries, and got to spend a lot of quality time with my kids.

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

OK. I meditate and try to practice mindfulness, which focuses on being in the moment. I run almost every day and get outside a much as a can. We are lucky to live on 6 acres and so have a lot of space.

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

The kindness. Friends leaving things on our doorstep.

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?

Yes. Working with my family underfoot all of the time. Hoping that one of my jobs doesn't get cut.

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

Yes. Difficult sometimes to get my own work done and help them navigate their schedules and workloads. But I love the extra time with them.

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?

For both jobs - for training and meetings.

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?

We have two cats who love that we are home with them more. We are trying to adopt a puppy but most shelters are closed.

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

We have bought gift cards for Hannaford employees and contributed to our local food pantry.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish I had stocked up more on cleaning supplies and masks. I wish I had known how serious the illness was. It was really downplayed.

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

That it brought many people together - neighbor looked out for neighbor. That it made people realize how crazy busy their existences had become. That they appreciate what they have and the people around them. How precious hugs can be when you can't give them.

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

I am hoping more people will telecommute, which will help the environment. I hope more people will question the political leadership of this country and choose responsible adults the next time around. I hope life will get a little slower - but that probably will not happen.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?

I have been incredibly impressed by the adaptability of American business in dealing with this crisis.

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