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Saratoga Springs

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 was attending college at SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, NY, when in March, 2020, rumors began to spread about some dangerous virus. Soon, word was heard that other colleges were sending their students home and then, we were sent home. We had to continue the rest of our semester online.

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

I have one dog named Lucy, and two cats named Silo and Lily. It helps having them around to cope with the loneliness.

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

People and communities really began to band together and support each other. Shopping and eating locally was encouraged to support local business owners.

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

In January of 2021, my mom tested positive for COVID-19. She was extremely tired and in bed most of the time, had a little fever, and aches all over her body to the point where it hurt her to be in the shower and have the water hit her. Because she tested positive, my dad and I had to quarantine for 14 days. Before that 14 days was up, my dad began to feel sick. He tested positive, and now I was quarantining again with two parents who had COVID-19. My dad had extreme fatigue, a sore throat, and lost his sense of taste. I didn’t have much of a chance being cooped up with them, so in February, I realized that I felt a lot more than usual. I tested positive for COVID-19. I had extreme fatigue, and for the most part, it felt like a really bad cold. I had a sore throat, stuffy nose, fever, and I lost my sense of taste. Losing my taste was the strangest sensation because I could have been handed a dog treat to eat and I wouldn’t have been able to taste it. Eating ice cream was very weird because all I could tell was that it was cold. My taste didn’t come back for about 2 weeks, but I bounced back fairly quickly from the other ailments. My parents were still dealing with the side effects for months after.

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“Kate,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/381.

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