Witness to History: What Are Your COVID-19 Experiences?

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I have no problem wearing face masks in public. While I still haven't developed an instinct to grab one before heading out the door, it no longer seems strange to wear one and to see other people ...

Sarah, Cambridge Jul 2, 2020, 9:37PM

Naomi Luft Cameron, Wellesley Jun 30, 2020, 1:01PM

Based on the behaviors I have witnessed, living in public housing for the elderly, and based on forty years of experience as a Community Health Nurse, now 80 and retired, I can only pray that the ...

Phyllis Foley, retired BSN, Hopedale, MA Jun 27, 2020, 5:06PM

I see the imposing façade of the MFA from a distance. It is Sunday, June 21 and I scheduled an artist demonstration today in conjunction with the Monet exhibition. The event still exists in my ...

Wendy Dodek, Brookline Jun 24, 2020, 2:52PM

Sometimes things have to break bad enough that they get replaced. The virus is exploiting all our weaknesses. Catastrophies and setbacks are inevitable in life and unfortunately they are the best ...

Greek philosopher of Springfield Jun 19, 2020, 11:36AM

Hello, The protests against police brutality and systemic racism is necessary. Systemic racism is a pandemic in itself that has been going on far too long. It is time to get out in the streets and ...

Jane Binkerd Jun 10, 2020, 2:22PM

Hopefully we can work together to bring the "justice for all" about which we pledge, but which is sadly lacking in our society.

Concerned Senior Citizen Jun 9, 2020, 9:25AM

I think that COVID-19 has given people the time and the conditions to be reflective. Many people I know, myself included, see this as a time for assessing what we truly value and realigning our ...

Sarah, Cambridge Jun 5, 2020, 7:29PM

Biblical scholars looking at America today may find similarities to the plagues visited upon Pharaoh's Egypt. After all, just when it looked like we were about to emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 ...

Jerry R., Boston Jun 4, 2020, 2:50PM

My letter sent today to the Minneapolis Star Tribune; On Monday, September 19th, 1692 during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, a seventy year-old man who was under arrest for witchcraft was ...

Prof Ray Jun 2, 2020, 2:49PM

The civil unrest we're experiencing right now is undoubtedly exacerbated by our current conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic. We're stuck in our homes, glued to our screens, and we're all suddenly ...

Annette T., Hyde Park Jun 2, 2020, 1:40PM

My Poem About the Current Normal: STROLLING IN PLACE & ZOOMING IN SPACE I want to smile---real close At someone I know I want to hug someone (even a stranger) I want to kiss the forehead of ...

Mary Lynn Cramer May 30, 2020, 10:24PM

I actually sort of hate that term... the "new normal". Like many people, I want some of the "old normal" to be what comes back, not this period of anxiety, distance, and isolation. But, I also fully ...

Katherine from Needham May 29, 2020, 12:14PM

The idea that this great, wrenching pause might help us as a society to rethink some of our entrenched ideas about how things have to work, possibly to come up with new approaches that may be better ...

A'Llyn Ettien, Malden May 22, 2020, 10:12AM

My faith in God. And this too shall pass. All the love and care that folks are showing one another. Leadership from my pastors at Bethel A.M.E. Church Boston.

Suzanne Ricco, retired BPS teacher, Boston May 20, 2020, 9:56PM

Spring. Glorious merciful warm Spring. Early morning walks with the face mask, the 1-year-old, and a new sense of resiliency and determination that is bound to get me through the next few days, weeks, ...

Beth in Somerville May 19, 2020, 3:17PM

I am hopeful that scientists will be able to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. I know there are brilliant scientists working constantly on a viable vaccine. This vaccine needs to be available for all ...

Jane Binkerd May 19, 2020, 2:48PM

I lost my uncle two weeks ago to COVID-19 and while I could not be with him at the end of his life, we did have a beautiful graveside service with his church pastor, and two honor guards. To be able ...

Grateful Nephew May 19, 2020, 2:36PM

I think our state of Massachusetts has handled the virus well. I think our President is not focused on the problem. His mind is on getting elected probably.

Kara May 16, 2020, 1:59PM

I’ve been spending time writing about how the virus might view our world instead of experiencing normal life. Virus

Ed from RI May 15, 2020, 1:08PM

As much as it seems partisan to want to reopen,I wish we were at a point we could. I am not happy wearing a mask. I am all alone but don't feel sick. I was a bit sick early on in this madness but not ...

South end resident May 12, 2020, 3:08PM

I walked the beach last week as the temperatures briefly rose into the 80s. It was one of those spring days that teases us into believing summer is around the corner. But the weatherman is calling for ...

Quincy cancer survivor May 7, 2020, 5:21PM

More people wanting to be outside means more people having a tough time staying away from each other--especially if kids are out and see other kids. It's hard for kids to remember the appropriate ...

A'Llyn Ettien, Malden May 7, 2020, 7:10AM

I like my routine, but I find myself being unhealthier than I usually am, and I have to force myself to exercise and eat healthy. I've been waiting to graduate from Harvard all my life and ...

Graduating student , Boston May 4, 2020, 11:23AM

As an actress who primarily works in the theatre, it was an alarming feeling to watch every show I was scheduled to perform in over the spring and summer get canceled in a matter of a few days. ...

Laura Rocklyn May 3, 2020, 6:34PM

I work for a city government and we've been working remotely for six weeks now. After the initial week or two of trying to figure things out, I settled into a routine that closely approximates my ...

29-year-old, Cambridge, MA May 2, 2020, 7:23PM

Remote working and learning has been a significant change for me because while on campus I spent so much time learning and working at the main library. I think remote learning has made it more ...

Freshman at Boston College May 1, 2020, 7:17PM

My class shifted to an online format in March. I prefer being in a class with my instructor and fellow students. I miss that and our action in-person communication.

M.C. Apr 28, 2020, 5:53PM

Gains in gender equity are deeply threatened. Academic writing is up among males and dramatically down among females. Working parents continue to be expected to do it all - care for their children ...

Ambitious Mother and Wife in Somerville, MA Apr 28, 2020, 2:34PM

I'd like to share three poems I've written: the first two personal and the second more political. ​To Another Country The past is another country, I'm told. Dear Lord please take me there. Let me ...

Gregory Liakos, Wakefield, MA Apr 28, 2020, 10:15AM

I have found myself really struggling to stay productive and focused remotely. It's not that I don't have work I can do from home--I'm fortunate enough to have that--but it's so hard to try to be 'at ...

A'Llyn Ettien, Malden Apr 24, 2020, 3:01PM

I haven't touched another person in over four weeks. The emphasis on physical distancing instead of social distancing is helpful, but it doesn't change the fact that we are distant from other people ...

Lonely in Somerville Apr 22, 2020, 2:26PM

I made some masks myself and yet I still find it very odd and off putting to wear a mask in public. People's faces disappear. And as you walk down the street, everyone avoids each other. It is as ...

Jacqui Apr 22, 2020, 2:13PM

Social distancing has thrown my life upside-down. I had just gotten out of a 3-year, unfulfilling relationship and I needed to assert myself in the world. Then, the world went away. There are few ...

Boston Lover Apr 22, 2020, 12:57PM

On the one hand, I am very grateful that my wife and I have jobs that allow us to stay employed why working from home. But my grade school aged daughters are really losing out. You can really do ...

Dad from Arlington MA Apr 22, 2020, 12:56PM

How has social distancing impacted my life so far? I am a senior citizen who lives in Dorchester. My friends and I live active lives. Before social distancing if I did not feel like driving, I might ...

Roe Retired in Dorchester Apr 21, 2020, 4:19PM

My life has significantly slowed down. Because I have fewer places to be (read: only the grocery store) and fewer obligations, I tell time by the drinks I consume and not the events I must attend. ...

English PhD student in Boston Apr 21, 2020, 3:52PM

I have never lived like this before. Having to wear a mask in public, Standing at least 6 feet away from others, witnessing the mass cancellations of school and public gatherings. I never thought I ...

Jeffrey, Texas Apr 20, 2020, 4:54PM

We’ve been at home for 37 days now. This means we are working in our home, our teenage daughter is at home and doing some schooling via email and video calls. We live in an apartment in Arlington ...

JenB, Arlington Apr 19, 2020, 8:06PM

Aging isn’t for Sissies - That’s what my mother used to say. Now it’s my turn. Last week my health center sent me a message: “Based on your medical history, your CARE TEAM has identified ...

Tolle Graham, Jamaica Plain MA Apr 19, 2020, 10:22AM

I'm kinda reclusive as it is, so it's not like I went out much before. But the biggest ways social distancing is impacting me so far is not being able to go to class and not being able to see my ...

College student in Boston Apr 17, 2020, 9:14PM

I'm very anxious about my dating life. I'm not sure how many people are using apps, or whether I should be using them right now. I've heard of a lot of people meeting virtually first, and then meeting ...

29-year-old in Cambridge Apr 17, 2020, 9:54AM

I'm one of the lucky ones, for which I am extremely grateful. I am enjoying this quiet time of retreat. I love being home and spend much time alone or only with my partner anyway. My home delights me, ...

Boston retiree Apr 16, 2020, 11:08PM

As a local volunteer with the Medical Reserve, I got the opportunity to deliver food to people who have to stay at home. These are seniors or other vulnerable folks who shouldn't shop right now. I'm ...

Mary from Somerville, PhD Apr 16, 2020, 10:38PM

We have a 15-month old daughter. She has not been around a person other than us for weeks now. We are starting to wonder what kind of impact this will have on her socialization. She does not get to ...

Tyler. Chelsea, MA Apr 16, 2020, 9:42PM

Mostly, this has made me intensely worried about my personal future and career. I'm a senior in college so I'm about to graduate into an economic downturn that's likely to end up being worse than the ...

Joshua - Missouri Apr 16, 2020, 9:22PM

I've had lots of contact from 6+ feet with my neighbors since I have been painting the front porch and planting flowers in the front yard and many pedestrians stop and talk. I use phone/message/email ...

Carole from Dorchester Apr 16, 2020, 6:30PM

I have become much more organized thanks to COVID. It forced me to act early on. I had occasion to be a bit more lazy and was worried that this would be the death knell of my attempts at losing weight ...

Student stuck at Harvard campus Apr 16, 2020, 6:01PM

I’m an undergraduate student studying history and have always read about, written about, and analyzed plague after plague after plague throughout human history. I always knew that it could happen to ...

Madeline, Miami, FL Apr 16, 2020, 5:00PM

It is amazing to think that physical distancing has become such a big part of my life since mid-March. It is something that I think of constantly now when I am out in the world (walking my dog, or ...

Former commuter to Boston Apr 16, 2020, 11:38AM

People in my neighborhood are following social distancing practices and also people seem to consistently be pleasant. However, some of these pleasant exchanges point out other issues with our current ...

Nan Apr 16, 2020, 11:32AM

at this point i'm so desperate to do things outside my house that i get excited when i think about running out of toothpaste because it means i can go to the convenience store ugh!!!!!!

anguished bostonian Apr 15, 2020, 3:46PM

My personal schedule, not just my work schedule, is completely destroyed. Despite still having to wake up and work remotely every day, I've been doing things like eat lunch at 3pm or stay up past ...

Yet another random Bostonian Apr 13, 2020, 12:31PM

People in my neighborhood are following social distancing practices and also people are consistently very courteous. However, some of these pleasant exchanges point out other issues with our current ...

Nancy Apr 10, 2020, 4:28PM

As a generally quiet person, I did not expect social distancing to have much of an effect on me. I didn’t realize how often I interacted with people every day. My normal routine requires me to speak ...

Random Bostonian, mid-20s Apr 10, 2020, 4:21PM

During my midday break from Zoom meetings today, I walked up to our local bakery to pick up an order of pastries (we are committed to spending $25/day on a local business hit hard by the stay-at-home ...

Anna (Roslindale, Mass.) Apr 10, 2020, 1:39PM

Due to Social Distancing our lives have changed greatly over the past few weeks. My children and I are home 24 hours a day, schools are closed, children are engaged in distance learning through ...

Rakashi Chand, mother working from home with children in Newton, MA Apr 10, 2020, 12:27PM

I find social distancing to just be really sad. From kids cooped up at home without their teachers and friends--to seniors who can’t or shouldn’t get out--to workers missing their work ...

A librarian in Medford Apr 10, 2020, 10:43AM

This quiet time at home alone has made me reflect on my life in ways I haven’t done in a great many years. I have always considered myself fortunate in so many respects, but as we go forward into ...

Grateful in Melrose Apr 10, 2020, 10:35AM

I live in Boston and we have been asked to wear masks when outside the house, no matter what the activity. I find the masks extremely uncomfortable and I cannot wear my sunglasses while wearing a ...

Kathy Griffin Apr 10, 2020, 10:27AM

I remember the first days of hearing about it. Seeing it in small twitter headlines, a virus going wild in China. I felt terrible for the people there, but much like many international disasters, I ...

Zoe Major in Allston Apr 9, 2020, 7:15PM

It has been about one month since I have been consciously practicing social distancing. I don't think I had heard of this term before a few weeks ago, or if I did, I don't remember. Now social ...

A Gal who is working remotely and looks forward to returning to her workplace in Boston sometime Apr 9, 2020, 6:16PM

I have enjoyed participating in day-to-day connections with friends and family across America and in Switzerland. I am enjoying video visiting with my grandchildren, helping with homework and watching ...

A gramma Apr 9, 2020, 10:48AM

It has been a very strange experience to stand in socially-distanced lines at the grocery store, at the outdoor markets, at coffee shops, with customers spaced out six feet apart across parking lots ...

Anna (Roslindale, Mass.) Apr 9, 2020, 10:04AM

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