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United States

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?

My granddaughter was pregnant and an ICU nurse. She was caring for Covid 19 patients in another state. This was at the beginning of the virus impact. Very worried about her and my unborn great grandson’s welfare.

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

I retired last year (gratefully) home alone the last 4 months.

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

Lonesome, bored and somewhat depressed.

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

People don’t talk to each other, seem scared and don’t sacialize.

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?

No. Retired. Clorox everywhere. Hand sanitizer.

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?

Great nieces & great nephews are being home schooled.

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

To keep up on city/state health conditions. Stay in touch with friends. Seeing the face of my new great grandson. Viewing many pictures of family. Useing facetime

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

Several birthdays. Especially my great grandson!

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

I have a cat who doesn’t like me to hug her!

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

Lots of texts and sending pictures. Helping not to be so lonesome by myself. Hard. Donate blood.

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

Yes. A friends relative. They passed Granddaughter, an ICU nurse, tells me of some patients who she helps not to be so lonesome.

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

A friends relative. Offered sympathy by phone. No funeral.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

Not to be living alone. I would have moved in with a family member or a friend. It’s to hard to be alone New glasses so I could read better.

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

Increase their sanitizing routine.

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

People are turning into “germ a phobes. Peoples are going to a social distance now and will continue to do this. Not good!

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

Having to wait to meet and cuddle my great grandson and his mom has kept me sane. I understand the deep depression I have felt and it scared me. I thank God for them. Friends are family by choice. Stay in touch.

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COVID-19 (Disease)


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Covid History




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“Ginger,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022,

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