Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Potsdam, 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?
The day my daughter started remote learning. I take Covid 19 seriously and I don’t purposely put my family in danger.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
I can’t hug my friends and family. I wear a mask to protect people. My daughter hasn’t been to school since last year.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I’m ok. I reach out to family and friends via phone or social media. I binge watch sometimes.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Checking in on one another more. More random acts of kindness occurring. Nothing has surprised me.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
Yes. I have one daughter. She’s had her moments. But is talking more. She’s watching the news more.
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
Had to organize and participate in Birthday parades. Had to celebrate birthdays differently than normal.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
Yes. Yes we adopted 2 kittens. They keep us laughing every day.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
We’ve gone to food drives and shared with neighbors what we got.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
How to prepare better for it.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
We only can get through it with kindness and support of friends and family. Stock up on no perishables and check on your neighbors.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I hope we are kinder, calmer and listen more to others and ourselves. Not sure what the “new normal” will look like.
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“Elaine,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/247.