It’s hard to tell them why they can’t hug their friends when they come back to school.

[Interviewer]

How has Covid-19 impacted your daily life?

[Liz]

Wanna start?

[Sarah]:

Sure. Um, well I got laid off when, uh, the whole thing hit so I didn’t have a job for four months and then when I got back to work I had to relearn how to do it entirely, so daycares have changed a lot since… before Covid so…

[Liz]

Oh, do you want my answer?

[Interviewer]

Yeah! 

[Liz]

Well for my work, I’m an essential worker, I work with kids in treatment. It’s uh, you’re dealing with a variety of different people so the concern is always wondering, you know, is the virus going to come into our building and there is always that fear.

Um, also uh, when working with kids it’s really- it makes it really difficult when you can’t bring them out in the community and enjoy all the different activities that once were there in the summer time because of the Covid. 

[Sarah]:

It’s also hard to tell them why they can’t hug their friends when they come back to school and... yes it makes it very difficult.

[Interviewer]

What did you under-appreciate before Covid that you appreciate more now?

[Liz]

What did I under-appreciate…

[Sarah]:

Um…

*laughs*

The ability to breathe freely...

*laughs*

Well and also, um seeing your friends and family, things like that just, like you don’t realize how you like, don’t get to see them or how much you do see them before this.

[Liz]

I agree with her.

*laughs*

[Interviewer]

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

[Liz]

I think, uh, people are going to be afraid, um, with social interaction and human contact. We’re already lacking that in society and now this is going to just make it worse.

*laughs*

[Interviewer]

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

[Liz]

Um…

[Sarah]:

You worked through the whole thing, I was the one in isolation.

*laughs*

[Liz]

I… I worked through the whole thing so it didn’t, I mean it affected, like, seeing some of my family cause I couldn’t go see them because I couldn’t take the risk of bringing what I was with at work to them, but, so I got daily interactions, but for her, she…

[Sarah]:

I went stir-crazy dealing with my sister.

*laughs*

[Liz]

You have to really, really, really work on family

*laughs*

[Interviewer]

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

[Sarah]:

Travel.

[Liz]

Uh, I just- what keeps me going is that we’re just gonna get through it! Once everything, uh settles down- Cause it will come to an end, but it’s just a point of dreaming about it coming back to normalcy. Whatever we call what’s normal.

I don’t think it will ever be normal again cause I think there’s still gonna be fear in a lot of people.