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Upstate NY USA

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?

When I saw what was happening in Italy last year when they were running out of hospital space. It became a lot more easier to understand why my mother wasn’t letting me go into town.

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

I don’t talk to people as often, I go on the internet a lot more and I’m paying a lot more attention to politics.

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

Stressed and worried for the state of our country and our democracy. I listen to music and take walks. I also like to watch comfort streamers.

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

There are so many more people than I thought that just decide to ignore science. There are so many people in my community who just believe that this isn’t a problem.

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?

In March school was canceled and we went entirely virtual. I did all my work and I did well until the end of the year but I know many of my classmates did not. We went back to school full in person unlike a lot of other schools and even with the recent rise in cases we have only had to go online for two weeks once. I think that we will close down soon with the recent outbreak.

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

I am using it to learn so much more about our world and became radicalized politically through social media. I use it to talk with like minded people and debate those who want to debate. It has helped me a lot with debate skills in the classroom.

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

I was on quarantine when my uncle’s wedding happened so we had to watch it virtually and I was really sad about that. For Christmas we stayed home because the people we were going to spend Christmas with got COVID.

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

I have two cats that we got a few years ago. They crawl into my lap when I’m having a bad day and they make me a lot happier.

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

The protests all throughout the pandemic. I supported the BLM protests as much as I could.

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

One of my friends and a couple of other people I know got it. They were really sick but they weren’t hospitalized and it wasn’t good. One of them had to quarantine from the rest of her family because she was the only positive case in the house so they couldn’t see her.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish I knew how to look up information better and how to fact check more easily because of all of the misinformation being spread.

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

That this pandemic is raging on in America because of incompetent leaders and an inability to listen to science. Listen to the scientists, help others, and learn to think for yourself.

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COVID-19 (Disease)
Social justice


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“Ruth,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022,

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