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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?
I first started hearing people in school talking about lockdowns in other countries, then people were talking about sports and big events being cancelled, then some of the performances I was supposed to do with dance cancelled. It changed because by that point I realized oh wait, it’s really getting everywhere.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
My life is less busy in a sense now. Now I’m used to wearing a mask and hearing about nothing but COVID on the news (with the exception of BLM). I’ve spent more time outside and doing hobbies I like.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
Alright, I’m curious how everything will work out with school and everything. To relieve stress I mostly just stay away from the news, listening to music or reading or writing or embroidery.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
I noticed the rainbow hunt thing people around me did. That was surprising, I guess. I’ve noticed how many stupid people there are who only wear masks over their mouth and not the nose.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
No, but I am a child technically and I have an annoying brother who’s a child.
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?
Last year, yes. They said we’d be closed for two months and then it ended being the whole year. Yes, I was able to finish online. I think I’ll be back, because my school has released some of their plans and cases are going down in Saratoga, I think.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
I have animals, I didn’t adopt one during the pandemic. My dogs have made the days definitely more interesting and given us a reason to go outside a lot.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I started appreciating little things more. I noticed people making the best of situations. I tried to do as much for BLM as I can without physically leaving my house and protesting.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
I don’t know but I think one of my friends mentioned she got it? I’m not sure she didn’t talk about it much.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
That I should’ve gotten with and hugged my friends more, and that I should’ve said a proper goodbye if I felt like I wouldn’t come back to school that year. Also that I shouldn’t get so excited for the school play and dance, because I would end up VERY disappointed.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
That nobody will suspect anything until it’s them THatS under lockdown. That at first some people will be stupid and won’t believe it. That even through it some people won’t believe in it. Some people will be so incredibly stupid it will blow your mind. Have ways to deal with something like this. In the sense we should have resources for people who lose jobs suddenly, etc.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I think even after we are allowed to go out like we were before there will be a lot of people still cautious. More emphasis on hygiene/hand washing/etc.
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“Cam,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/197.