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When the crisis showed you that life is unpredictable

I realized the situation was serious when I was traveling abroad in Curacao and the day I returned home in March, lockdown began. We never had a formal lockdown, people just stayed home. I missed leaving the house and seeing other people. But it helped to hang out with my brothers. I became closer to certain friends during the crisis, and I felt it made dating more difficult. In general, the crisis showed me that life is unpredictable and things can always get worse. Read more

When you are afraid that people don´t get vaccinated because of politics

About 3 months into the pandamic you could feel the tension rising in the US. Covid was the tip of the iceberg in the US and everything exploded. And now the country is even more divided than ever. I´m afraid that people don’t get vaccinated because of politics. The biggest challenge for me was the travel ban. Because my husband and I are expats in the US and on an L Visa, that meant for us that if we would leave the US we couldn´t come back. Which wasn’t an option at all because we both work here and have our life here. Thankfully the travel ban was lifted in November 2021 and we were able to see our families again. Read more

Having lost a friend who thought he could forego the vaccine

During the lockdown, I missed our small, but very close circle of friends so we did ‘drive-by’ visits and saw each other from the street in our cars. It was weird, but at least we saw each other a bit. My long time assistant was quite ill and I feared we would lose her, but she made it. We lost a dear friend recently because he was convinced to forego the vaccine. It broke us. We are vaccinated – we have done all we can and the rest is in fate’s hands now and I refuse to live in fear when I have done all I can do. Read more

Switching from being a keynote speaker in person to one via Zoom

I am a keynote speaker and travel to colleges, I also do promotional items for events. Both of those took a huge hit however I quickly transitioned to being a Zoom speaker and actually spoke to more colleges in 2020 than in all previous years combined! I always work from home, but usually on my own. Having my family home meant it was hard to find a quiet place in the house. But I have a flexible schedule so even though my work has to change a bit to help homeschool our kids, I am thankful I have the flexibility to do so. Read more

Finding the light in the darkness

I spent the lockdown with my fiance and it was difficult to adjust to being at the house at the same time. I’m used to being out in the field and/or traveling and that all stopped immediately. We had to figure out how to be together 24/7 without bickering or resentment seeping into our relationship. We worked on it every day. Also my friendships were strained. I self isolated a bit, due to boughts of depression and anxiety, so I had to make an extra effort to not forget to check in on people close to me. I sometimes let long amounts of time span without seeing how others were doing and made a conscious effort to work on that. Read more

Being thankful for getting a mRNA vaccine at 28 weeks pregnant

I got pregnant during COVID so we welcomed our little one last month and my husband has been able to be home throughout the pregnancy and birth which was great. He tours with bands as an audio engineer so he hasn’t worked in over a year and our state has made unemploymnet really difficult. I have been vaccinated for ~5 months now. I got one of the mRNA vaccines at 28 weeks pregnant and was SO thankful for that opportunity. I’m actually really disappointed in how selfish I found out during the crisis so many humans are. It was also really difficult to see how many people rejected science and evidence. Read more

Missing the feeling of not worrying about a major virus lurking around every corner

In March 2020 it got very scary for us. I was performing standup in NYC and the next day all of the comedians were informed that an audience member had tested positive for Corona virus. My partner ended up getting it late March and it was the scariest time in our lives. My daughter and I never got it. The biggest thing I miss is my Mom and Dad and extended family. They live in NC and I would see them at leat 4 times a year. I have yet to see them since the start of the Pandemic. I also miss the feeling of pre-Covid – not worrying about a major virus lurking around every corner. Read more

Trying to focus on the positives while staying safe

We just had our second baby Feb. 9th 2020 and then the world closed down. My husband went from working long hours almost every day a week to being home with us and helping with the transition to two children. Thankfully, we did not get sick. I haven’t left my house it feels like since last March. In Florida they never really inforced all the regulations so I had to be overly cautious myself. My youngest kid is too small for a mask but not old enough to understand social distancing. Read more

When you already got the vaccine and are used to the new normal

It’s gotten so much better with the hope of vaccine. People are optimistic for first time since the outbreak. New York is coming back alive. Restaurants are open and allowing indoor dining at 35 percent capacity. Stores are open. Museums are opening. People are out in the street, eating and drinking together. But due to the crisis my social life changed drastically. I have ten friends I saw from time to time, either at my place or theirs’. But I no longer go out at night with friends. People are either scared, tired or uninterested. Read more

Being a scientist during a pandemic

The crisis showed me how important safety science and science is to all life on earth. I heard a news segment early 2020 where the newscaster said “Listen to the science, let the scientists talk!” And I was like, wait a minute, I’m a scientist. That’s when I started talking to anyone and everyone who would listen, mostly online. I have my Master’s in Health Sciences which includes masks and respirators. I tried my best to communicate what I know to the public. I contacted my state around July 2020 and the Department of Health told me no additional Safety & Health professionals were needed at this time. It was and still is a pandemic. Read more