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?

About March 15, 2020

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

I'm being very careful about where I go and how I act; for example, I use gloves when filling my car with gas; I use curbside pickup especially to support local restaurants. I don't see other people in groups.

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

Feeling well. I'm lucky I'm not at all bothered by being alone as I'm very used to it as well as actually enjoying being by myself.

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

The lack of auto traffic; available parking on Broadway (more earlier than now), people wearing masks in public; then seeing more people who are not wearing masks on Broadway; the strangeness of a track season without all the track fans.

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?


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?

I've learned to use Zoom and once hosted a meeting. I'm e-mailing more, also telephoning more often.

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?

Cat. She's good company.

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

Learning to play chimes.

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?


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

How bad it was/is; health care needs to be prepared in so many ways as do governments. People need to respect science and pay attention to advice. Any pandemic should not be treated casually but seriously.

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

Who knows? The Covid-19 virus will eventually be treated like any communicable disease that is still with us -- we will be vaccinated and learn to live with it. This pandemic will some day be just a blip in history, as is the "Spanish" influenza epidemic of 1918-19.

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

Please see the "Corona Virus Lexicon" that I compiled.

Dublin Core




COVID-19 (Disease)


Southern Adirondack Library System


Southern Adirondack Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


“Ellen,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/186.

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