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New York City

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?

I believe it happened in March when I became sick and the doctors could not tell me what was wrong with me. As the pandemic hit hard in NYC first and hearing the sirens non-stop all day and night I began to experience sleepless nights.

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

I am working more from home and enjoying it.

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

I am feeling alive and refreshed. I purchased a pair of rollerskates and enjoying life.

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

The lines for the grocery stores have diminished while the food pantry lines have increased.

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?

At home, I am leaving my windows cracked and using my disinfected to clean my apartment door.

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?

not applicable

Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?

Yes, just to remember to stand up after sitting for 90 minutes to alleviate the stress on my back.

Do you have children at home? How’s it going?

Yes, young adults, and we are fine.

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?

not applicable

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


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

Graduation celebration virtual event. vacations postponed until summer 2021.

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

not applicable

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

I am studying to become a life coach so my perspective on life has changed tremendously and I see the beauty in chaos.

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

Yes, I had several family members contract COVID-19 and my god-sister lost her brother.

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

Last August we had an outdoor Barbeque.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How prepared our government was to handle a pandemic?

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

Hold elected officials accountable. Get involved in politics on the local level.

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

If history repeats itself like the Spanish Flu of 1918 entered the roaring 20's, and people began living a carefree life, we hit a depression. I believe the new normal will consist of the loss of corporate America and many industries.

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


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COVID-19 (Disease)


Southern Adirondack Library System


Southern Adirondack Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


“Michele,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/299.

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