Shanon, San Francisco
“I came down with COVID-19 in the beginning of March while at a conference in New York. I became very ill and was scared of what was happening. I didn’t yet know a lot about the virus and how it was going to affect me and the rest of the world. I was living alone at the time and was fortunate to have friends and colleagues who were supportive. They called to check on me, and some brought groceries. I also had several colleagues from the conference who became sick, and we all stayed in some form of communication. It was scary and comforting at the same time.
“My grandfather recently died and I was forced to attend his burial and then his funeral by video conference. It was strange at first because I felt isolated and apart from my family. But when I spoke, I started to feel more emotional and connected to everyone.
“I’d like to believe life will be different, but I’m guessing that after a couple of years we will go back to the way things were and wait for another crisis to wake us out of the ordinary.
“Despite the fear and uncertainty, I’ve enjoyed the slowing down of life and the simplicity of days since the quarantine began. In a strange way it feels like a gift to have all this time to reflect and feel what it means to be alive and a being on this planet.”