Stories from quarantine. The "social distancing" of the Covid-19 outbreak is something none of us were really prepared for... and so how are we coping with it? Conversations with people in a variety of situations, told in real time as the epidemic unfolds.
Day 358 (Tuesday, March 9), Krista
Krista is Diné (also known as Navajo), and is a reporter for the Navajo Times, a daily newspaper out of Window Rock, Arizona. Her community was hit tremendously hard by COVID, and she's struggled throughout with losing not only friends and family, but also the people she sees as the very cultural lifeblood of her tribe.
Day 337 (Thursday, February 15), Andrew
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday… but how fat will it be, in this extremely lean year? We check in with Andrew, a resident of New Orleans and a true believer in that city’s power to rise and overcome, to learn about how to party in a time of plague (and why).
Day 324 (Tuesday, February 2) Rae
Rae was over the moon when she found her dream Ph.D. program in Tokyo Japan. Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded she found herself isolated in a tiny apartment in a strange city and unable to communicate with those around her for months on end.
Day 315 (Sunday, January 24), Janet
Janet is a Korean-American mother of two navigating the expatriate life in Hong Kong, a not-quite-exactly-Chinese city struggling with the upheaval of massive political protests on top of COVID lockdowns. Stuck for more than a year in a tiny apartment with two small kids in a destabilized city where she doesn't speak the language while she watches her native Los Angeles suffer from afar, is it any wonder she feels torn and crazed and disconnected?
Day 298 (Thursday, January 7), Naz
Naz had already taken on a huge responsibility when she moved in with her very elderly mother and became her caregiver. Then COVID hit, and the merely challenging became almost overwhelming. She dug deep, though, into her faith and her own strength, and found ways to not only push through but even see the blessings in the time they had together.
Day 295 (Monday, January 4), Sofia
Mosaic NYC is a small neighborhood church that decided to open a food pantry last April, with the idea that it might help a few hundred neighbors who were suffering in the economic wake of COVID-19. Now, 9 months later, they are serving 2,000 families every week and the need continues to grow. We talk to Sofia, who has dedicated to herself to the project despite her own financial struggles.
You can support their efforts with a donation by going to https://mosaicchurchnyc.churchcenter.com/giving/to/mosaic-general and choosing the dropdown marked "COVID-19 Sunnyside/Woodside Food Distribution"