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Adirondack, NY

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?

My first encounter was working as a nurse in the hospital. Getting those first patients was extremely scary and stressful. It was the most sobering event of my 35 year nursing career .

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

Missing seeing friends and family, but grateful to have my health .

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

Feeling fine, grateful, and spending a lot of time outdoors.

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

People’s attitude towards wearing masks has changed. It’s now just a daily fact of life. Most people complying and doing the right thing protecting fellow citizens.

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?

RN at the bedside. Extreme isolation precautions and practicing good hand washing at home as well .

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

Mostly to keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues.

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

I feel very fortunate to have not contracted it considering I took care of seriously ill COVID patients in the hospital for many months. I know many people who have contracted it. Sadly, I lost 2 coworkers to the illness. Others have had a range of mild to moderate symptoms, and are doing ok.

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

Since they were coworkers, the hospital had memorials for them, and invited their families.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish we knew how contagious and serious it would be.

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

This pandemic was no joke. Don’t believe the people who claim it was a hoax. I saw first hand the seriousness of this virus and feel as Americans we need to continue to be vigilant. I think the best preparation is prevention. Get vaccinated and I think we will be better handwashers from now on.

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

I think we will continue to wear masks for a long time. Let’s continue to wash our hands before and after being in public places. (Which we should probably have been doing in the first place.

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

This pandemic has pushed me and a lot of people to make some life changes and to appreciate the simpler things in life. Appreciate and love your neighbor.

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