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Schenectady, 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?

It seems that I encountered a very similar situation to COVID-19, in the year 2000. I was on a military training assignment, and became very ill. During this pandemic, when I heard about people passing away, my feelings of love and prayers reach out to their families.

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

I am faced to live alone once again, because my older brother has dementia and I need help keeping him safe.

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

I am keeping a positive outlook. I am working towards a Bachelor's Degree.

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

I see people really looking out for each other in my neighborhood, providing food, and words of encouragement amongst themselves.

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?

Due to the operations on both of my feet. I've had time to resume my studies.

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

I use the internet for school research and religious studies.

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

Yes, I miss not going to our masjid for Friday prayer and during the month of Ramadan!

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

I am a plant parent. I have several house plants. I enjoy taking care of them

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

People are caring about their neighbors and we want to erase the negative conditions in this world.

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

I knew some people who survived COVID-19. They feel that GOD had given them a second chance in this world.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How strong the people in the world are, and not take anything for granted.

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

I want them to know that they should keep a level head at all times. They should have a list of emergency supplies. The Believers of GOD, should hold firmly on to their Faith.

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

We have to isolate ourselves physically but not emotionally. We have to continue to wear our masks.

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

I want to encourage people to think positively at all times. That positive thinking concept has to be practiced at all times!!!

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

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