" . . . I am originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa. I was brought up to thrust my wisdom into the elderly. They are living libraries. Our elders are hit harder than anybody else by the pandemic. Nursing homes are being hit very hard and we run the risk of losing so many vulnerable people. I am not personally worried about myself than I am worried about the elders leaving us so soon when they are supposed to enjoy their time with their kids and grand kids. . ."
" . . . My struggle has been with the existential crisis of what it means to teach science. Science is best learned through experience, exploration and hands-on activities...Good science education doesn’t happen through a screen. I need my students in front of me. They need a lab group to work with. We need each other. . ."
" . . . teachers are working their tails off right now. It’s hard to see all of the work from the other side. We were charged with the task of redesigning our education system in a matter of weeks, without the training or infrastructure to support us. We are desperately dedicated to our students and feel helpless to do more for them. I speak for myself here, but every day I worry that I am not doing enough . . ."
" . . . We can argue amongst each other all day, but we’ve recently had to have arguments with ourselves. Do we still stay home? Can we “open” safely? We’ve been forced to argue different viewpoints in our own head. And I think we’ve come to see that life is less binary than we once thought. We can hold different viewpoints at once. And we can change our minds given new information. I pray we remember that. . ."
" . . . Right before the pandemic, my wife and I became first-time parents. The use of the term "first-time" is kind of funny because it represent so much about what changes - everything. I now know why other parents usually ask "first-time?" after you say you're having a child. To have a pandemic interrupt many of those first-time experiences has been hard, but it has also allowed us to figure it out what works for us. . ."
" . . . Midwifery literally means "with women," and since the pandemic began I cannot be with women in the same way. They can't see my face behind a mask. I hate to admit that I don't want to be in their room, sitting with them in their labor bed, for hours on end like a midwife should be. . ."
" . . . We are trying really hard to keep everyone safe. We are not being careless about wearing masks and we are constantly wiping things down with disinfectant. Because of The Pandemic I feel like I’ve grown more responsible and I have more pride in my work. . ."
" . . . Currently I sometimes feel safer working at the hospital or clinic than I do at the grocery store. In the healthcare settings I know what I am exposed to and how to prevent it. In the grocery store, I have no idea what I'm exposed to, and there are people who think they don't need to take appropriate precautions. . ."
" . . . My shop has been closed since March 18 until further notice. But, there has been some good. I am now fully stocked up on family time. I’ve been able to stay up late. Sleep in. Be lazy. Be productive. Start and finish some projects. Walk my dog more. I’m grateful for my family, friends, and clients. . . "
" . . . I keep telling people that for me every work day feels like a Saturday...On Saturdays I meet the customers that I’ve never met before. People have more time to take a minute and greet me, ask how things are going. Say thanks. . . "
" . . . I worry most about customers who are alone. Most of the closest relationships I’ve had day to day on my routes have been with elderly people who live alone. Knowing that waiting for the mail to come each day is something so many people focus on and knowing that I might be the only person they talk to for that day, I treasure that contact. . . "
" . . . it's OK to come to the ER if you don’t have Covid19 but are concerned about other symptoms you are experiencing. We will do everything we can to try to prevent you from becoming infected while we diagnose the myriad of other dangerous conditions that cause illness and death. . . "
" . . . The uncertainty of it all is of course terrifying. The airline industry always has its ups & downs, (see what i did there?) but.... simply not knowing if i will have a job due to furloughs in a few months is scary. . . "
" . . . I have been so inspired by members of our faith community who are loving and serving others in innovative ways that are safe, loving, and ethical; and my priestly job of equipping these saints to do the work they are uniquely gifted and called to do has been an overwhelming joy to witness. . . "
" . . . I struggle with how COVID-19 deaths are talked about in relation to the aging population. The statistics thrown around about how the majority of deaths are due to the elderly and care facilities. These are some of our most vulnerable people, they are loved, they are cherished, they are important. . . "
" . . . When the pandemic first happened, I had no idea how I was going to teach these classes. Originally, I thought I would have students watch plays and write papers. But, that's not my style at all. My students deserve a similar (if not better) experience than students who have taken these courses in the past. So I'm working my butt off to keep the classes active and interesting. . ."
" . . .I wish people knew how difficult this is for me. I cannot disconnect from the feelings that my patients feel. If I did I think it would be time to change careers. But in the meantime; it leaves me drained which leaves my family with a lot less of what they so badly need right now...time with and support from their mother and wife. . ."
" . . . Hospitals are overwhelmed. They are sending patients home as soon as it seems feasible in order to accommodate the projected influx of COVID-19 positive patients or others who are suspected of having COVID-19. These patients are discharged home with a referral for Home Care. This is where my role begins. . ."
" . . . Hospitality people are born hustlers - we know how to pivot and persevere - but things are going to be very different and very difficult for a long time coming. There’s going to be a lot of reckoning, re-examining and reinvention. . ."
" . . . My job is difficult right now. The people with Covid19 are some of the sickest people I've cared for in my 18-years in critical care. Our team is spectacular (Physicians, NPs, RNs, RT, Pharmacists, Nursing Assistants) - every single one of us is working our butt off to help. . ."
" . . . I worry for my husband who has a weakened immune system. I worry for my children who are missing their friends, and feel like this will never end. I worry for my grandmothers who are 85 and 93, living alone and in assisted living (respectively). . ."
" . . .The hospital is always a scary place but right now it’s an especially lonely, scary place not just for the patients but also for all the staff. I worry that the spirit of togetherness during this isolation will be forgotten too soon. I fear that people will return to their self centered ways and forget the vulnerable, forget the suffering and forget that feeling of just wanting to help . . ."
" . . . My job wasn’t really a job until The Pandemic. It was a super small aspect in the overall store, but now it’s playing a huge role in keeping people safe. So everything about it is new and I’m just trying to figure it out as I go. . ."
" . . .I became a mom during The Pandemic. So, first and foremost, I have taken on a very fulfilling and challenging new role in life. Our son was born just a couple weeks before the official stay at home order took place. Looking back, I am so happy we pulled the trigger on that middle-of-winter-in-Minnesota outing to grab a beer and cheeseburger with a newborn . . ."
". . .As a health care provider I am used to seeing, hearing and physically touching patients. This has gone away as we have moved to virtual visits. If there is a need for a patient to be seen in clinic they are with their providers only. So I have lost and am missing the direct patient care. . ."
" . . . I sent my students the message that Walz had for them, 'The class of 2020, you will not be defined by staying home and missing proms and missing graduations, you will be defined by understanding how interconnected our world is and what it means to come together and solve hard problems.' I am trying to balance moving forward with their education and just checking in on them and listening. . ."
" . . .My daily pandemic rollercoaster of feelings includes grief, anxiety, fortitude, gratitude, moxie, outrage, inspiration, wallowing and nihilism. I remind myself that I am strong and I am smart. I find small moments of peace..."
" . . .The emotions are raw and real. Some days I’m scared or worried I’m utterly failing balancing home and work life. Other days I feel truly grateful – and guilty. My family is healthy. My husband and I are both still employed and working from home. We are safe. And it makes me angry that so many others can’t say the same things. . ."
" . . .with COVID-19 as the backdrop, life continues to march on - with deaths and births and fights and reunions and every other thing - but it is all so much more intense - brighter, sharper, stronger, harder. So I feel resigned and defeated some days and other days hopeful and optimistic and while I have no idea what next month looks like, I think I can figure out how to make it through today and that's enough . . ."
" . . .I hope that from this time comes a better understanding by the public of how hard everyone at a hospital works... how hard the orderlies and food servers work. Like John Roberts said when you meet a janitor, food worker, phlebotomist or whomever, learn their name and address them by their name. It's the only good thing I've ever heard a Republican say. . ."
" . . .COVID19 has introduced disconnection, inadequacy and loneliness to my work. Over the last couple of months I have often felt like an intern in training again. Everything is new and changes every day. I don't know what to touch first and when to wash my hands again, or what PPE to wear or reuse. . ."