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Schenectady, 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?

Sometime around March 1st, 2020. In. late February I was just interested in the "new disease", then reality began creeping in that it might be serious.

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

I stay inside a lot, I do use public transportation, while masked, grocery shop and go to the pharmacy. I do not go to people's homes or enter restaurants, theaters, etc.

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

I am cautious but optimistic, I think. I listen online to the radio while browsing social media to stay in touch with others. I watch a great many British detective series, a stress reliever for me.

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

People here generally adhere to the mask/social distancing rules in grocery stores, local businesses, etc. I am pleased about that. I was not sure how many would do so.

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 use a Roku and stream to TV, love streaming media. I am on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram to stay in touch with friends and community news, events, etc. I listen to public radio on the computer while I am online.

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?

I adore my dear cat. She is great company, spunky and entertaining.

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

I see people in stores and buses trying to treat one another with kindness and courtesy, I try to do the same.

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?

How quickly our lives were about to happened almost in the blink of an eye, it seemed....

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

That it was serious, that people lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost income...people used food pantries for the first time in their lives...income inequality has to be addressed seriously.

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

I am not sure yet. Sociologists and historians will be studying and writing about this time for years to come.

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

No, I think not, thanks for doing this.

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COVID-19 (Disease)


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“Patsey,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2022,

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