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Clifton Park

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?

March 2020. It became very real once it arrived locally. Supermarket shelves were empty and it was apparent sonething epic was happening.

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

So much has changed. So many things have been cancelled. Covid rules have permeated into all aspects of daily life.

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

Its all very sad about the huge loss of life, the country not being united, and people being isolated. I deal with stress by working on art/craft projects solo or with family.

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

Changes noted in stores about way you shop. People are all wearing masks. Appreciate town having mask giveaways.

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?

Not a business owner but I sure feel bad for their struggles.

Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?

I am retired but truly am in awe of all essential workers! We would be in dire straits without them!

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, 6 yr old granddaughter. Online learning was a huge challenge. She hated it. Was not motivated. Missed her friends. She is in school now using precautions and driving her to school and picking her up.

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

Used technology more than ever with Zoom, Messenger, Duo, Facetime, utube, etc...

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

Yes, no 65th birthday tea party. Had all my women friends send me self photos holding a tea cup which i will assemble into a collage. Brother passed away in florida. Unable to travel. Not attending a wedding out of state.

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

No, thought about adopting if school did not reopen. But it did. Will consider in future.

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

Care about others and wear masks/social distance.

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

Yes, I know of 6 people who got it but not seriously. The 7th person I knew about but not personally died from covid.

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

Lost a brother and a dear friend! Think of them alot, pray often and light special candle in their honor during holiday.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish I knew how it would affect our lives in so many ways. That maybe i could have been better prepared.

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

Took us by surprise. We were not prepared. Need to pay attention, follow the guidelines, watch out for each other.

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

We will be much more aware of whats going on in the world and how we are all connected. How essential workers pulled us through. I hope the new normal will give us all a greater appreciation of all the things we took for granted!

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


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