I'm always at a certain level of stress that I never felt before.

[Interviewer]

How has Covid-19 impacted your daily life?

[Jacquie] 

I find that… uh… I am stressed. 

So just,  you know,  in a moment I will find that, um, my shoulders are tight and I'm just always at a certain level of stress that I never felt before. I am a small business owner so I’m dealing with my business having been closed for three months and the uncertainty as to whether my business will stay open past this time.

[Interviewer] 

What did you underappreciated before Covid that you appreciate more now?

[Jacquie] 

I don’t know if I under-appreciated, But I definitely appreciate my health. I appreciate my time with family and friends.

I appreciate a good hug! *laughing*

[Interviewer]

How did isolation affect you and how did it impact your relationships with family and friends?

[Jacquie] 

Isolation is very…uh… lonely.

And you just have to find different ways… I found different ways of reaching out. So actually the video-calling versus a telephone call has been very helpful because to see a face and to see reactions to your discussion...um… is definitely helpful.

[Interviewer]

How do you think the pandemic will change society once it’s over?

[Jacquie]

Oh I think there are lots of permanent changes. Um, technology will definitely continue to be at the forefront of what we do, I don’t think people will be going back to work in the same way that they did before.

Um I think *sigh*  hopefully we will be more aware of how… our health affects others and especially if it’s something communicable like a cold or flu um, stay home! You don’t need to be the martyr and go to work or go to school if you’re not feeling well, stay home, take care of your health, and then come out and enjoy society and not infect anybody else.

[Interviewer]

Yeah and then jobs and… other places will start having to actually give people those sick days to be able to not go to work.

[Jacquie]

Well… *sigh* I think maybe we need to… um… look at our savings and stuff a little bit more and be a little bit more responsible. I’m self-employed. There is no such thing as a sick day, if I’m not at work I don't get paid. So it’s up to me to be responsible for making sure that I have the savings and stuff in place to cover for a sick day. So when we were closed for three months,  I still had to pay rent. Thankfully I had savings and… and knew in advance years ago that in case I got sick I needed to have the money in place to cover that.

So yes there are government things that need to be done, but as a self-employed person, it’s up to me. And I think we all have to be more responsible about not spending every penny we have, but making sure we have got  some savings and stuff that we can fall back on.

[Interviewer]

What Pre-Covid memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Jacquie]

Oh! Uh, well, love keeps me hopeful!

*laughing*

You know family, uh just… memories of… of places I’ve been to, people I’ve been with, experiences I’ve had… um… I cherish those from before Covid and I look forward to those uh Post-Covid.

Um... I like to travel, I like to be with friends, um… I like to spend time with other people, and enjoy the company and friendship… and.... Community of other people. So that was important to me before and equally important to me going forwar