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Jay NY/ Columbia NJ

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?

4/5/20 I left my hospice RN position that I loved because the company was ill prepared to provide safety to its employees. If anything I feel although a difficult decision to leave, it was the right one.

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

Simpler and happier. My family to of 4 remain together observing continued social restrictions. Spending less, enjoying lack of outside commitments.

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

I feel well, not stressed unless I have to go out & about which I do at a minimum

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

There is a community Facebook in my NJ hometown which is quite negative, intolerant and nasty towards one another. There is a political bent that seems to influence every post. I no longer participate. I am surprised that rather than people being supportive of one another, we have turned against each other.

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 an essential worker as a RN. I felt very guilty leaving the front lines in order to protect myself and my family. This was not what I wanted to do or have done in the past. As a critical care nurse I would prefer the front lines as I did in 9/11 as a hospice RN I could have offered comfort to those whose families were not allowed to visit. My family begged me to quit as I am 62 and my husband has cancer. It was very difficult to adjust to initially.

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?

Yes my son is a senior in high school doing remote learning. My daughter graduated from grad school & came back home, unemployed. I love having them here. We are still getting along well. A blessing out of a horrible pandemic.

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?

We zoomed cocktails every weekend initially. Now less so. I use the internet for information on multiple topics. Not a big fan of social media in general.

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

We simplified and celebrated various milestones with just us 4, outside when weather permitted. It's been lovely, I dont miss the broader social obligations.

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

We gave 4 cats who have benefitted from more love, attention and catnip

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

Appreciation of what's not that important after all, simpler goals, living within our means yding what we have. Less obligations, stress and deadlines. Looking out my window more often for longer periods of time.

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

I lost co workers ( nurses & doctors) a dear friends husband died. Otherwise we remain home when we can and get tested when we have been exposed to larger gatherings of family members.

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

I am grateful that my 89 year old mom died a year ago and was not exposed to all this. I miss her dearly but the stress and anxiety of being her care giver under these circumstances would have very difficult. I would had to have moved in with her, and left my family.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How stupid people are. I had no idea our population was so ignorant, hateful and quick to forfeit our society. I appreciate differences of opinion and respect that. This is much more than that. We need to address the deep hurts and dissatisfactions that exists in our nation in order for our democracy to exist for each one of us.

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

Who leads our country is very important. Left or right is less important than character, intelligence and empathy. Make change in local government, our Congress & Senate. The president needs to be a person of outstanding abilities. Keep life simpler, reflect on what's really important. Like yourself Be in a position of relying on yourself, not others.

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

Unfortunately I dont think the lessons learned will be long lived. Where we could alter our behaviors for the better I fear we will be quick to fall back to old ways that are less beneficial to ourselves, our community our world at large.

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


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

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