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Burnt Hills, New York

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?

When two of my granddaughters got sick with a fever and it was indefinite as to whether they had covid or not

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

My life is temporarily on hold: everything has stopped, work, play, meetings, commitments, etc.

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

I am missing people but can find things to do at home, waiting out the virus

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

It's much quieter and the pace of life in general has slowed. There's a message for all of us in there!

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?


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?

I am retired but work part-time jobs which have curtailed voluntarily for the time being.

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


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


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?


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

I continue to use online sources for information.

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

Had a BIG birthday in the middle and my wife and kids worked around the regulations to put together some fun things- but not breaking the "rules."

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


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

A slower pace of life. Time to talk with spouse.

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

Someone I know, a young person, died from it. Very sad.

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


What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

If our government knew how to deal with major disasters like this ahead of time, it would be great. But I am not sure there is really any way to do that!

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

Read what we did in 2020. Just like I have been doing about 1918. Not sure you can really prepare for it as life just comes at you sometimes. You never know...…………...

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

We will be very reluctant to do a lot of things for a while but we'll get back to pretty normal eventually. Look at 911: we changed for a while and a few things permanently changed but life goes on.

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Southern Adirondack Library System




Covid History




“Rick,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/67.

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