Covid Oral History

I interviewed my son-in-law, Nicholas Bland, a thirty-two year old male, about his experiences during the COVID pandemic.

What is daily life like for you? I work every day from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., come home to my wife and dog and have dinner together and relax. We talk about our day and enjoy each others company.

How is it affected by current restrictions? Going out to concerts and other public forms of entertainment have been stopped. It’s frustrating and irritating to not be able to move around and go places when you want to.

What adjustments have you had to make to your usual routines? None really. I do have to wear a mask and I hate that.

How has technology played a role in your life during the pandemic – either in classes, as a way to get and share information, or for entertainment? Yes, I tend to spend more time playing computer games than I did before the outbreak. Since people are pretty much stuck at home for the most part, you are limited in what kind of entertainment you have access to.

Are you involved in student organizations, sports, or clubs? No, I do ride a motorcycle and even that is limited because you can only be in groups of under ten people.

Do/did you have a job on or off campus? I work on Ft. Benning, Ga. as a painter.

What are your impressions of the media coverage of the pandemic, both currently and before it arrived in the United States? I think that we have been given incorrect information. No one seems to really know the facts about anything. We have been given contrasting information for months. It’s ridiculous.

What seemed normal a few weeks ago that seems strange to you now? Being able to go out to eat in restaurants. and public places at any time.

What are you doing now that will likely seem strange to you in a month or two? Nothing that I can think of.

What were you planning to do this spring and summer that is now uncertain? We had plans to go to Disney World but had to change that since they shut down.

Is there anything else you would like people to know? Don’t believe the media. Do your own research about this supposed pandemic.

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