The Corona Journals - Week 1, March 30, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Here are our first round of journal entries for the week. If you'd like to play a part in history as it unfolds before us, please send your submissions to lmizzi@southamptonhistory.org


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Laurie Collins (age 62, North Sea)

I see many families outside walking and biking together. Too much togetherness indoors. Annoying habits that were once slightly annoying have now become very annoying. I’ve realized that I don’t function well without a routine. I also feel very insecure if there is no ice cream in the freezer or oatmeal in the cabinet. I was a Girl Scout. I have tried to “Be Prepared” my whole life. How do you prepare for COVID 19 ?


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Mary Cummings (Southampton Village)

Every New Year I resolve to improve my technological competence and every year I fail to do so. 2020, as we are engulfed in this terrible pandemic, may be the year I succeed. With the closing of the Southampton History Museum, where I am the archives manager, I’m working at home, meeting via Zoom with my colleagues, and helping to keep the content flowing on our museum website. This means I spend the day writing (which I am always happy to do) and learning not to ask “Why?” when my computer turns malevolent and interrupts my progress for no reason at all. Forced on my own (with admittedly some help from my son) I have learned that the solution in most cases is to pull every plug, hit every key, and try every strategy until something works. There is no reasoning with a computer; the instruction manuals of my youth are extinct; Optimum Help, overwhelmed, has a new, very lame message promising that someone will get back to me “in more than 45 minutes.” Much more.


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Liana Mizzi (age 27, Hampton Bays)

Things have been pretty weird lately. It feels like the whole world has stopped in a sense. The days are all blending together and I haven’t left my house in over 2 weeks. I honestly don’t mind staying home, I’m definitely a home-body, but it is frustrating to see people who are making the effort by doing their part to stay home and then on the other hand watching people still go out to bars and restaurants or going on trips because airfare is so cheap. I don’t think it’s really set in for a lot of people that this virus is serious, that people are dying from it and healthcare workers are risking their lives everyday to help those who are affected by it. It’s all fun and games until it’s your friend who’s sick, or your parents. The reality of the matter has not fully set in and unfortunately by the time they learn, it most likely will be too late.


The thought of people I love dying from this has kept me up at night and have given me countless panic attacks. It’s really taking a toll on my mental health because I just feel so helpless in all this. I have to keep reminding myself that at least I’m healthy and the members of my household are healthy. I still have my job, working from home but my pay has decreased so that’s always stressful, but thankful to be able to keep my job nonetheless.

I recently found out that one of my best friends may be positive for COVID-19 which is a scary thought. She said she has a dry cough and has had mild fevers on and off, luckily her case doesn’t sound as bad as some of the worst case scenarios out there but it’s still worrisome. She promised she would be super on top of her health and that if anything got worse she would seek medical attention. It just all really sinks in when someone in your life that means so much to you is affected by something like this. All in all, we must carry on and do our parts to stay home, not just for ourselves but for everyone’s well being.


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Rebecca (age 27)

I am a teacher for the New York City Department of Education. The last time I saw my students was on Friday March 13th, probably the last day people went out and socialized, before our world was turned upside down. Before schools closed, there was a big hand washing/hand sanitizing push, and students greeted each other with elbow taps instead of high fives and handshakes. On Sunday March 15th, Governor Cuomo announced that NYC schools would be closed until April 20th, or until possibly the end of the school year. With this move, 1.1 million students would be learning remotely from home. This was a huge step in keeping people home and out of public areas.


Teachers were asked to come in the next week Tuesday-Thursday to plan for how we were going to teach remotely from home. It had to be done quickly and efficiently. We practiced social distancing at meetings, m