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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?

In late February I heard about occurances outside of our state, then within our state. My reaction was Fear.

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

My life is in a very small bubble. Believing in the the necessity of precautions, I rarely go out for shopping. Never go out socially and embrace every moment when it's nice enough to be outdoors, to do so.

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

Now that I've had my first vaccination, am feeling hopeful that some degree of normalcy will return in the near future.

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

I am surprised and pleased to continue to hear about newly opened small businesses. The ingenuity and drive of people to continue running their small businesses in a safe manner is impressive. I am surprised that there continue to be so many people who are not practising safe social distancing.

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

Social media has helped me feel less isolated from family and friends.

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

Sadly missed family/friends' gatherings for holidays, celebrations, and funerals.

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

I have an old cat who has appreciated me being home ALL the time, and the fact that I spend a fair amount of time lounging around reading, so he has easy access to a warm lap.

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

Early on, felt good about helping with mask making for donations. Was sad to no longer have that need, as it was self-fulfilling, but I am so glad that people were able to eventually have easy access to masks.

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

Several people I knew contracted COVID. It made COVID more personal.

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

Social Media

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

To not take socialization for granted.

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

Take CDC recommendations very seriously. Choose news reports wisely and don't overdo watching the news.

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

I would hope that children and their parents will have grown closer and have developed a lasting appreciation of the times together, albeit forced time together. I would hope that whatever positive things families explored during "shut down" will carry on, post-covid restrictions.

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COVID-19 (Disease)


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Clinton Essex Franklin Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


“Tamara,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/348.

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