Covid-History Item Type Metadata
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?
3/13/20 Still waiting for it to hit Sherman, & very sad at the amount of uncaring people around.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
More cautious, we work go to everyday. Get groceries once a week. But we always wear a mask when near other people, at work & shopping.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
Anxious, cautious, wanting to wake up and find this is all a big dream instead of a nightmare.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
That there are a lot of people that don’t have consideration for other people and they don’t like to be told to do something. It’s above them.
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?
I was considered an essential employee this spring, masks are worn, frequent hand washing, if have the slight sniffle you stay home. We stay home, only go out for food, supplies and work.
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
Yes my parents 70th wedding anniversary, we did a card shower for them, hoping to celebrate later. Thanksgiving will be just like Easter, I’ll cook the meal and my daughter & family will come get their share. We have only seen our grandchildren a couple of times as they have been unable to come home and have postponed out of the fear of bringing something to us, as we are high risk. Awfully lonely and depressing.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
A dog, he keeps us company.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
Made all my children & grandchildren masks so they are able to work and attend school.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
No, my granddaughter is quarantined now because of school.
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
My father-in-law died the second week of February and as sad as it is to say we were lucky, he would of never survived in a nursing home or hospital without being able to see family every day, it probably would of wore on my mother-in-law too. We were able to give him the burial he deserved.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
That as always the government makes all these mandates that they won’t & can’t enforce and is not following through with helping defray the cost of everything they mandated.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
Not much will change as we live in a “me” society and if it doesn’t effect you, you aren’t willing to adhere to mandates to help other people out. That’s why 7 months later we are still seeing an increase in COVID cases.
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“Untitled,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/252.