Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Edgewater, Maryland 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?
March 19, 2020
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
More peaceful, less (significantly) commuting stress, able to count my gratitude daily.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
Tired, anxious, and waiting for something (unknown). Walking, sometimes 20+ miles a week, avoiding sugar, cooking healthier foods (and grateful I can do so).
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Here, political differences are exacerbated. COVID mask compliance seems political, not general health.
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?
No, again fortunately.
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?
No, with gratitude
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
Yes. I created a home office and count on Internet connectivity.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
No. They are all grown and on their own
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?
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
No family gatherings. We email daily or zoom periodically.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
Yes. 2 cats including a recent 14 year old cat rescue.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
Walking with an acquaintance has turned into our ‘therapy’ walks.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
Not a direct contact. My husband just retired from the Fire Department and his first responder experiences really made me aware of how poorly the elderly are cared for in this country (not all, just at for-profit nursing homes).
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
Not applicable but I read many accounts of the lack of gatherings to support grief and memory.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
How difficult it was going to be to help front line employees.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
That it exposed a huge wealth gap and broken social support system in America that could be fixed.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I hope climate change will drive a cleaner travel modality. I hope new social structures will arise to care for people.
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