COVID-19 Journal #1
Finley, Madison. “COVID-19 Journal #1.” BGSU COVID-19 Stories. BGSU University Libraries, 15 July 2020, lib.bgsu.edu/COVID19stories/items/show/48. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.
|COVID-19 Journal #1
|This was a journal originally written for my journalism class that my teacher recommended I submit.
|My first week home started out in Naples, Florida. I was staying with my grandparents for the beginning of spring break. This was particularly worrisome for me because I was trying to protect my grandparents from getting sick while I lived with them. My cousin, my friend and I spent Monday at the beach, but by Wednesday, we were very careful to not go out in public. My friend and I spent some time on Wednesday soaking up the sun in the backyard and going on bike rides on a trail near the house, and we played card games with my grandma. My grandpa spent the week watching the local and financial news channels as he normally does, so I heard information from many investors, nurses and doctors as America was just beginning to understand coronavirus and the effects on our economy.
My flight home last Thursday was also affected by the pandemic. Because of many flight cancellations, my flight back to Detroit was delayed since my flight had been combined with the other two flights out of Southwest Florida International Airport. The plane was full, and my friend and I wore gloves through the airport and hadl to sanitize our seats and trays on the plane. My friend’s mom picked us up from the airport in Detroit. We had to stop at a gas station for her to use the restroom because the lobby of McDonald’s was closed due to the restaurant restrictions Ohio had just put into place.
This pandemic has changed my world in more ways than just moving my classes to online. My family’s foreign exchange student was forced to go back home to Germany. Life at home has been inexplicably different since she left America.
My family also received news two days ago that our former neighbor, an old lady who is like family to us and now lives in a nursing home, is not doing well. Because of the coronavirus restrictions placed on nursing home visitations, we will not be able to visit her, but at least her daughters have been able to visit her once a day one at a time.
Unfortunately, I have been spending far too much time on my phone watching Tiktoks or scrolling through Twitter. I went for a bike ride yesterday, and my mom and I took my dog to a park. But that has been my only physical activity lately. At school, I had been running three times a week. I plan on getting back into the habit of running, but the weather is not cooperating this weekend.
I have been Skyping with my friends from school, but I miss being with them in person. My family played an escape room game tonight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict this quarantine could last until May or longer. I am eager for life to return to normal as soon as possible, but all I can do right now is trust the CDC.
|Wood County (Ohio)