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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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?

3/2020 4/2020

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

Enjoying the lack of obligation and scheduling and expectations of people!

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

I write and garden and write. I let the whirling dervishes whirl. I meet friends on Zoom.

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

So many small businesses that may be history—terrible to see that. So many people got tired of wearing masks and flaunt that; THAT surprises me. Might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever witnessed—that and the president being a colossal ignoramus.

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?

I write; I’ve always done that in isolation.

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

No—I pray for the parents out there!

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?

That’s my socialization.

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

Missed my brother’s special birthday. We’ll make it up to him! Looks like he’s going to miss my birthday too!

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

We have a shelter dog, 7 years old. I think she senses things are “off” in her universe; she’s more needy and fussy.

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

I have 6 friends/relatives who lost someone to the virus in the first 2 months of lockdown! It was tragic; they could not say goodbye, and there was no proper service after to bring closure.

If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?

I attended one in-person funeral and interment; the number of participants was limited, we were seated six feet apart, everyone had a mask, and there were hand sanitizer bottles everywhere. These rituals are a comfort; it’s horrible for those who couldn’t have any kind of memorial. (It’s horrible enough...)

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I didn’t consider that it would be open-ended! I didn’t consider how politicized common sense became. I didn’t realize just how epically dim our President is—though there were many clues before the pandemic.

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

Don’t be as stubborn and blatantly, militantly stupid as we have been! JUST WEAR THE MASK, wash your hands, teach your kids to care for others.

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

Kind people will continue to show kindness; ignorant bugs-for-brains will continue to brag about how well they've handled everything. The new normal will have to include new national leadership, or we are doomed. We need to learn from our voluminous mistakes. Science and love need to come first!

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

How did we elect such a consummate moron to lead us through this crisis?! And HOW does he have ANY support left, and how did they get so dimwitted?

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“Judith,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/201.

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