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Gansevoort, 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?

I first heard about it when a woman was talking about it to my violin teacher. At first I thought that it was a phone virus, but my mom explained to me what it was. I didn't think much of it, until people started dying and we had to stay in our homes. Then I felt that it must be very serious.

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

A lot has changed. I have to do a lot of things through video calling, and we have to wash our groceries. A lot of my hobbies are either cancelled or postponed.

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

I am kind of sad because I can not see my friends much, or do things that I enjoy: like sports, going to the library, and going on playdates.

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

I have noticed that not a lot of people are out, and the very few that are, are wearing masks. The school bus has been coming in our neighborhood to deliver food to people, and people are always in their yards playing.

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. My dad is still working with a lot of people, so whenever he gets home, he can't touch anything and he has to get in the shower. My mom has to wash all of his stuff with alcohol so it is clean.

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?


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


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

I am a child. I am doing pretty well, but I miss seeing my friends

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?

I homeschool, but my co-op was cancelled, so I had to do the work from there at home. We also have to buy all of the books that we need to use, instead of getting them from the library. We aren't going back to our homeschool co-op in the fall.

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

I am doing my violin lessons through Skype, and talking to friends on video calls.

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


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

I have a dog. She is an Australian shepherd-german shepherd-lab mix. I am glad that she is here so I can play with her, and have something to laugh at.

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

A lot of people have been hanging up nice signs in their window. People are also putting up signs to congratulate seniors, and teachers saying that they miss their students.

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


What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish I knew that the libraries were closing, because then I would have gotten more books! I also wish I knew I would not be able to hug my grandma because I would have given her a big hug before this started.

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

I would want them to know how to prevent spread of diseases so this would not happen again.

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

I think that people will be a lot more careful with what they touch, washing their hands, etc. I think that people will probably wear masks more often too.

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


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“Caroline,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022,

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