Dave, 31, British, currently in New York City (USA) – Live: From The Pandemic

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

Hello! I’m Dave and have been in America for three years. I moved here with my wife at the beginning of 2017, had a daughter who is two now, and have two stepchildren, both boys who are 5 and 7. The pandemic has caused me to be furloughed from my workplace meaning I have no income, which in itself would not have been as big a problem as it is, except that as I only received my Green Card in January, I had not been working Legally long enough to claim unemployment insurance. The uncertainty about when help will be available is a cause of background anxiety most days. Thankfully, myself and my wife are strong and resourceful and have overcome a lot before this so are just going through all the things we need to do and waiting on the help to become available. Me, my wife and my three children had actually moved from a family shelter in Manhattan to a house on Staten Island during the lockdown and this is our first proper home together due to various circumstances. Being from England also means that I keep track of events happening in Britain too, hoping my friends and family there are staying safe and doing ok. Overall, the pandemic has changed moving into our first family home together from something of a fresh start with less worry and stress to another situation with unstable dynamics at play.

What is your wish for the future? 

For the future, I’m hoping for people to learn from the experience, to be better prepared and to be less selfish than before. I’m lucky to be in a State where provisions for Immigrants legal and Undocumented are of a very high level, minimizing the potential impact of something like this and I would hope to see that extended to everywhere else too. I’m looking forward to working again and just having a more certain financial situation than at present!

What would you like to be doing right now?  

It would be nice to be able to explore my new neighborhood a bit more and take some photos. Other than that it’s actually great to spend lots of time together as a family!

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Pragnya, 31, Indian, currently in Bhubneshwar (India) – Live: From The Pandemic

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

Namaste. Being a doctor and married to a doctor is not an easy job in this Corona time, especially when your love has to fight it out in the forefront & 700 km away from you. I was scared of those initial days where I saw patients without any protective gear (when Corona in India was not in the news): I wouldn’t go to my home which is just 30 min away by car because my parents, who are well above their 50s, reside there and as we all know COVID-19 affects the elderly real bad. The government acted pretty fast and state lockdown was announced even before the National lockdown but it’s really difficult to stay away from family in this crisis time. Initially, people weren’t that aware but as the COVID-19 numbers started building up, fear and despair also started building up: on the work front, the situation was gloomy. But then we always remember: country and countrymen first. A state representative would come and address the people at around 4:30 every day and we would listen to him with all ears. A similar provision was there for the whole country: it would be addressed and details would be given out and reassurance would be given to us because it’s always better to know your enemy, an unknown enemy is more dangerous. It was pretty depressing going through international news, knowing about the situation in Italy and US, having friends and fellow doctors there, talking to them and getting to know about the real picture (which was even worse) and yet comforting them, that things will be better soon and we are all together in this situation.

What is your wish for the future? 

All in all, I wish that the whole world should heal from COVID 19 situation, and we can go back to be together with our loved ones.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I am a doctor, I am treating and will continue treating patients for the betterment of society.

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Thamjeed, 22, Indian, currently in Kerala (India) – Live: From The Pandemic

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How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

To be truthful, it was awful once these news were coming out. Mostly it was because I was on the last year of my college and we have only 2 months to spend and share all our happiness (creating memory though). First I wasn’t worried much as the news said it was being spread in other countries. I didn’t really know what it was really. But slowly it had entered India and the state where I am living, Kerala. Then it all had become a severe problem for me and the whole country. Its almost 18 days of quarentine at the moment. First it just began saying it was curfew for just one day, on 22nd March. But it had extended. Things became tragic when this whole lockdown thing became more strict. Everyone were worried about their own life and their close family. At that moment everyone thought there will be shortage of food supply and this could kill more. But our governement (rather than saying Indian governement I like to say it’s Kerala government) stood like a father to their people. They were very influential to every person living in Kerala . Every day (starting from lockdown) they had been solving every problem one by one. Nobody could question them because there isn’t any silly decision they took. Everything is perfect. Shortage of food has been cleared. Everyone were provided with free food. Health department (of Kerala) are doing their best. New doctors were appointed. And from reports we can clearly see the recovered rate is very high. Now talking about me, I am just a student and I didn’t had any job before. So it was really weird for me because I were really busy with college and suddenly there comes end to everything. I didn’t have anything to do. So I had myself made a schedule. To get fit and explore my surroundings. That’s when I remembered about that camera I had. So I had decided to take pictures of birds. Totally it isn’t easy at all. We need to really be quiet and maybe we won’t be able to get any nice picture. So my camera had become a very good friend. Then comes my training. I am footballer. I just play football in my college and in my locality and I love football. So the evenings became my training period. It is very nice but it’s just that there is only me and my football. And in night I just do the workout. At the moment everyone is having a peaceful life. It’s the time to find the real you. I know everyone are facing many problems. At least try to find happiness in what you do. To be precise I am really unhappy inside (last year of college) but still try to find happiness in everything I am doing now. Only by staying self quarentined we could end this disaster. At the moment there isn’t any vaccine. So it’s better to stay at home and be safe.
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What is your wish for the future? 

To have a peaceful life. Covid-19 has showed that nothing is permanent in this world. Just by a small virus (the one human can’t see with naked eyes) everything got upside down. The only thing that will remain of you will all those happy moments that you give to others. Even when you are dead you will be happily living in their heart. Helping mentality of each person has been seen and by doing this you will be always remembered. Conquer others with love and patience, not with money and weapons.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I really want to help others in whichever way possible.

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