Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Corinth, 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?
The impact of COVID-19 first occurred to me on March 16th, when my workplace was shut down.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
My life is much different now. I adopted a puppy and now have more responsibilities! I have learned to enjoy and prefer working from home, as well as to appreciate the important things in life.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I’m feeling optimistic. I think our society was in need of something to wake everyone up and remember what is most important. I’ve been working out to Orange Theory at home, and taking my dog to the beach.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
People talk to each other more.
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?
It took over 3 months to get unemployment! I had to ask for public assistance for the first time in my life to purchase food before the unemployment was deposited.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
I’m volunteering from home. It’s actually been more enjoyable and productive. There’s no commute time, my dog keeps me smiling, my hours are flexible....it’s great!
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
My puppy is basically a child. Training him to leave me alone while I’m working is harder from home. I’m nervous about him getting separation anxiety when things go back to normal, as I bought him on the first day of quarantine and he has never known a “normal” day routine. I try to actively go out for runs, trips to the grocery store to get him a little used to being home alone....but it’s a shorter period of time than it will be in the future.
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?
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 adopted a CavaTzu unexpectedly! I was at the mall the day before they closed and an employee came running out to tell us that the dogs were being sold at breed price, which was over 50% off. I wasn’t sure I was ready to be a dog mom but I instantly clicked with who I now call Teddy Bear and I just couldn’t leave him there. They said the manager would only be allowed in once daily to care for the pets. Teddy Bear has improved my life quality SO much!!!
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I have volunteered with NAMI, and I notice people mostly being kinder to each other.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
I wish I had of thought that anything like this was even remotely possible!!
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Never take anything for granted! Keep emergency savings and food.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I think workplaces will allow more telework as they realize how productive is still is.
Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Brittany,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/92.