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How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

We are trying to figure out the third vaccination. Friends came for dinner on our deck and we had a healthy discussion about the third one when some countries currently do not have enough vaccines available to them. We are all in the first group identified as those who can get the third shot.

¿De que manera el coronavirus le está afectando su vida en este momento? Cuéntenos sus experiencias, sensaciones/emociones, y pensamientos.

Ultimamente tenho conseguido retomar as atividades físicas e fazer passeios ao ar livre, ficar observando a natureza... Desde que meus pais e minha namorada foram 100% imunizados contra a covid-19, tenho me sentido mais confortável saindo de casa (com todos os cuidados, claro), embora eu só tenha tomado a primeira dose. Espero que a sensação de segurança aumente cada vez mais com a minha imunização completa e da população como um todo, porque por um tempo isso foi bem difícil. Só saía para suprir as necessidades básicas e, ainda assim, sentia muito medo o tempo todo. Ainda tenho muita insegurança e incerteza quanto ao futuro, mas fico feliz e aliviada de ver que as campanhas negacionistas e de desinformação não foram capazes de tirar a confiança do brasileiro nas vacinas. Isso traz esperança de que a vida comece a melhorar.

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

Happy Autumn! I enjoy the cooler temps, sweaters and making hot soup and chili. I plan on going to a few smaller festivals, but avoiding large crowds!!

Has the pandemic affected the way you buy, sell, or use products and services? If so, how?

I was already hooked on shopping online at my favorite retailer before the pandemic, but now I buy literally everything online. Groceries, clothes for the family, impulse buys, gifts, meals, coffee. It’s amazingly convenient although when I looked at our spending over the last six months I couldn’t believe how much generic “shopping” I had done. Though, to my credit, I often order lots of alternatives and return everything that didn’t fit/didn’t like/whatnot, so I think (hope) those numbers may be a bit inflated. I think after winter holiday shopping it will be time to give my credit cards a little break.

What has changed most about the world since the pandemic began?

Most of my extended family is not vaccinated and has become very opinionated about it. They also are very opinionated about the government role in all of this. I have never discussed politics with my family until now. My dad owns a restaurant and said he will refuse to check vaccination status for his customers. People are getting counterfeit vax cards. There are protests and even just arguments outside restaurants where people are taking their anger out on the doorman. It has become a hot topic in every conversation and honestly I’m tired of it. It gives us one more thing to judge each other on; one more thing to separate us; one more thing to cause stress in our lives. I don’t want to take sides. I want to be able to enjoy my family as I did before the pandemic. I can’t as easily because of our differences of opinion about the vaccine. You would think they would look to me for information since I am the only medical person in the family but no, they don’t. And now they talk about unsubstantiated studies and what’s going on in the hospital when they seriously have no idea. When I told a family member that 72 of the 76 patients in the ICU were unvaccinated, he said they must have other co-morbidities or be elderly. I said no, many were otherwise healthy and there were several in the 20-40 age range. He said well they are probably overweight (because that is what a news report said). I told him about the 2 pregnant women who DIED on the very unit I worked at for years and where all the grandchildren were born! They were otherwise healthy but UNVACCINATED. The conversation continued with him basically refusing to believe that the numbers had anything to do with them not being vaccinated. I had to leave. Ask any medical professional- if you are not vaccinated your chance of being extremely ill and /or dying of COVID are exponentially higher.

So the pandemic has caused a rift in my family dynamics for sure. I avoid any topic that can lead to vaccination or political discussion. I have become an expert at changing the subject.

I am thankful that my kids and I are on the same page and are all vaccinated. But I worry most about the future of my relationship with extended family. I am trying everything I can to preserve my family relationships, but I know others who have completely cut off communication with family members who will not get vaccinated.

The pandemic has separated us. This to me is the scariest part.

What are you doing for fun right now, and how has that changed since the pandemic began?

I got into board games before the pandemic.

Some of my friends were evangelical, right- and libertarian- leaning. Before the pandemic, I could mostly overlook their political views because we had a shared history and we liked to explore the world of board games together.

During this pandemic, I haven't gotten together with them at all. First we were all staying home, and then after vaccinations were available, I am not sure they got vaccinated. Also, they have children too young to be vaccinated.

I have a feeling they would be okay with me coming over to play board games, but I wouldn't want to run that risk. At least that is the excuse I tell myself to avoid spending time with them.

I do still check in with them by phone, but our friendship has suffered from not being able to hang out together face to face.

I've found new friends to play board games with. These friends are adults who are vaccinated. They also fall more in line with my own liberal/progressive political views. I enjoy my time with my new friends, and try not to feel regret about my old friends.

Let's talk about exercise. Has the pandemic affected whether or how you exercise? If so, how?

I'm the only human in my home, so that question is moot. There really hasn't been an effect on my exercise, other than with work being so busy and hours being longer, and my primary job being to hustle my elderly arthritic self around various machines, I guess I'm getting more exercise.

I'm Blue Collar. My job is my exercise program.

Think about the people closest to you. Tell us about how the coronavirus has affected them, and their life.

I have lost one of my uncle because of covid-19 and it was pretty devastating. Everyone in my family was devastated because he was the person who applied for my family and my aunt family to come to USA. Because of him we are living a better life. He was also the most respected person everywhere.

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Back in March 2020, I created this fictitious magazine cover for a hypothetical publication called "Covid Monthly" and shared it with my friends as a joke. At the time, I included the issue month of September. It seemed impossible in March 2020 that the pandemic could last until September of 2020, and it was meant to be humorous that it could go on for that long. As we know now, it got much worse in September 2020, and here we are now in September 2021, still trying to fight that hideous monster.

¿De que manera el coronavirus le está afectando su vida en este momento? Cuéntenos sus experiencias, sensaciones/emociones, y pensamientos.

Ya ha pasado un año y seis meses desde que se decretó el aislamiento social, preventivo y obligatorio (ASPO) por el Covid 19. Y si bien esa fase ya ha finalizado, aún debemos guardar distancia entre ciudadanos. Es difícil vivir con la incertidumbre del futuro, que de por sí es desconocido, pero ahora todo se ha complicado más con un virus dando vueltas.

Mi familia y yo ya nos vacunamos, así que eso nos da una sensación de tranquilidad, pero yo no puedo evitar pensar en quienes no desean hacerlo. Les entiendo, tienen miedo o falta de información, pero a la vez me perturba que eso les dañe o dañe a terceros.

Hay tantas cosas que extraño de antes de la pandemia: ir en un colectivo lleno de gente sin mascarillas, tomarme un café con un amigo en una confitería pequeña, con las mesas muy cerca una de la otra, entrar en un lugar sin hacer fila ni que te tomen la temperatura, asistir a las clases de la universidad en salones enormes y colmados de personas, etc. Son cosas a las que no les daba importancia e incluso algunas me disgustaban e incomodaban ¡Qué irónico!

Poco a poco las cosas van tomando un nuevo rumbo y quizás algunas costumbres muy nuestras, como los afectuosos saludos de beso en la mejilla, sean algo menos común en el futuro. O puede que sea algo que realmente se extrañe y se reinstale con más fuerza. No lo sé.

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

- i haven't made an entry in a while because each week felt the same -- but last week me and my fiancé both got sick, and we were really really worried

... the area I'm in is pretty rural ... people don't really wear masks, and it's kind of concerning

... we both have our first shot but haven't been able to have our second one, which was scheduled for the week we got sick

... I don't know who's vaccinated and who just doesn't care

Would you describe yourself as someone who’s flourishing at this point in your life? Why or why not? If this has changed during the pandemic, talk about what’s changed.

I think I was actually flourishing a but more before the lockdown ended. Now we're in this weird in between place where vaccines haven't gotten us the freedom we wanted but some people are acting like it did.

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

Well I can't believe we are leaving summer behind and fall is well underway. I went to the seawall and walked this past week. I love the ocean. It was windy and there were small waves. It helps me to forget about the pandemic for a brief time. Today I am heading out to White Rock to meet some friends and will again be by the water.. So glad I can socialize more and not be so isolated. Today for the first time i have to use my vaccine passport to go for lunch in a restaurant. It came into effect a week ago and I'm glad … because they are screening for unvaccinated people, it allows the majority to do more things and society doesn't have to shut down now that our case counts are rising. Its a good thing.

Estamos viviendo con restricciones de movimiento y contacto social. Háblenos de cualquier restrición que le está impactado su diario vivir.

Sinto que as restrições de contato social me deixaram desacostumada com interações cara a cara. Nunca fui uma pessoa muito sociável, tenho perfil mais introvertido, mas sinto falta de estar com amigos e às vezes sinto que não sei mais interagir naturalmente com as pessoas sem a mediação de um dispositivo eletrônico, principalmente com desconhecidos. O pior momento com relação às restrições sociais foi durante a quarentena, no ano passado, quando vivi dois lutos sem poder sair de casa, espairecer, estar com familiares e amigos... Foi muito difícil e doloroso ficar isolada nessas circunstâncias.

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

This week has been fairly quiet, though there has been some students at my online university has posted on our school 'blackboard' had friends/family either test positive for coronavirus or has passed away. I do get a little bit depressed thinking of all those have had lost loved ones from covid. I cannot fathom what they are going through.

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Big kiddo's 2nd (annual?) outdoor movie screening birthday party. Projector, collapsible screen, temporary subscription to Disney Plus to watch the movie of choice ("Luca"), lemonade, cupcakes, 7 packages of microwave popcorn served with a ladle in little red and white striped boxes, piñata from Target filled with all sorts of crap (before sundown), darkness. Boom. She LOVED it. When the movie ended early, we turned the whole thing into a dance party, and the kids had a blast.

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your life right now? Tell us about your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

Last year the New Mexico state fair was not held due to the pandemic

This year the state fair returned

I went with my friends who adore the state fair

Everyone attending had to show proof of vaccinations

it was the first time I had to show my vaccination card

Once we got there it was a relief to know that everyone (except the children) had gotten their vaccinations

People still wore masks when walking around in buildings and also outside

But what a relief to be able to walk around freely

It felt like a vision of a post-Covid world

¿Usted siente que las personas en su comunidad se están apoyando mutualmente durante la pandemia del coronavirus? Si es así, cuéntenos un poco acerca de eso, y tal vez pueda dar algunos ejemplos.

Yo creo que si, a pesar de la epidemia, conozco experiencias de personas, yo misma, que apoyaron emocionalmente a compañeros con COVID, mediante llamadas, mensajes, o llevando algo que necesitaran a su casa. También muchos de nosotros nos apoyamos difundiendo recomendaciones para no contagiarnos o bien remedios que supuestamente podrían ayudar sobretodo infusiones.

Let's talk about exercise. Has the pandemic affected whether or how you exercise? If so, how?

To be honest I have always struggled to maintain a regular exercise habit. I played roller derby for 6 years and that was the most regular exercise I have gotten, and the most fit I have ever been. But since COVID contact sports have been put on hold and roller derby is still unavailable. I have been riding my bike more regularly, commuting to work and taking longer scenic rides on weekends. When the pandemic started it felt like the safest form of exercising. It still does. I also feel safer going on rides with others since it is outdoors and there is a lot of wind resistance when you ride where I live.

¿De que manera el coronavirus le está afectando su vida en este momento? Cuéntenos sus experiencias, sensaciones/emociones, y pensamientos.

El pasado sábado fue cumpleaños de mi padre, llego a 81 años, dado el COVID19 habíamos suspendido las fiestas, sin embargo, mi padre, quien ha tenido un año muy difícil por distintas afecciones, deseaba hacer una celebración por lo que mis hermanos y yo pensamos en un pastel al que invitaríamos a muy pocas personas, al final nos reunimos alrededor de 15 personas. Cuidamos que mi padre trajera siempre cubrebocas, por su avanzada edad y estado delicado, sin embargo, nosotros mismos y mis familiares, nos olvidamos de él, dado que la casa es espaciosa, llego un momento en que sentí angustia de no haberles dicho a mi familia que debimos usar cubrebocas, sin embargo, mi yo interno me decía que todo estaría bien, que había sana distancia y al parecer todos estábamos sanos. Afortunadamente todos estamos bien, pero creo que al estar junto con la familia extensa después de tantos tiempo separados, nos gana el gusto y el afecto sobre el temor de contagiarnos., las estadística de que los contagios van a la baja y que la mayor parte estamos vacunados creo que también han sido factores que han aligerado el temor al COVID.