Coronavirus

Coronavirus. How has it changed your everyday life?

It's been hard, but I'm very privileged to be able to shelter in place comfortably.

In some ways, it hasn’t really changed my life because my husband and I were already working from home. The movements in the apartment aren’t different, but the anxiety and the agita have ratcheted it up.

I’m a very anxious person, and it’s been really hard to upend the way I move about the world. It’s been hard, but I’m very privileged to be able to shelter in place comfortably. If I need to go outside I can. But I have asthma, so I haven’t left the apartment in weeks because I’m very scared.

“We’re so far away, and I just have to rely on telephone calls.

We’re kind of in a food desert. There’s no grocery store close by. My husband woke up at five in the morning to go to a 24-hour grocery store when less people would be there. I have the luxury of having a partner who can go out and spend hundreds of dollars to tide us over for a few weeks. So I can complain, and my experience is valid. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty much the same.

It’s also made me appreciative of my family. We’re so far away, and I just have to rely on telephone calls. My mom works at a nursing home, and I get worried. It’s been hard, but it could be a lot harder.