Coronavirus has effected all of us. I remember reading the news back in January, and not feeling scared, but feeling excited that a new virus was here a mystery virus. I was excited to watch scientists uncover information about the virus, and read about their discoveries. It was like finding a new island or discovering a new species.
But then I started seeing the news about streets closing off, entire cities shutting down, people wearing masks and hazmat suits to get groceries. I was a little scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen, I was afraid of the unknown. I think many people around me felt the same, there was this cloud of anxious fear everywhere I went. Then, people started to get infected in the United States. Everywhere I went I heard people talking about COVID, in the isles of the grocery store, around campus, at the gas station, and around the sports track. People were unsure of what would happen, but everyone knew their lives were about to change. I felt afraid, as I didn’t know how bad it would get. Just like lots of people, I was optimistic that the virus wouldn’t be too bad, and that it wouldn’t affect my daily life.
Boy was I worng
The biggest race of the year, the World Championships, which I had qualified for in January, was canceled. Classes were canceled for all of the spring quarter, and for the first summer quarter. All stores were closed except for grocery stores and gas stations. People were told to quarantine, and local trails and playgrounds were closed. People are required to wear face masks when outside.
To me, it’s hard to believe this is really happening. Everything has changed, and my life has been entirely twisted out of order. But, my losses are nothing compared to people who have lost businesses. My inconvenience, like not being able to get a haircut or go for a run on my favorite trail or monumentally small compared to people who have lost family and friends. I wanted to document how my home town in Spokane, Washington has been changed by Covid-19, and how people are adapting. Even though people are more separated than ever before, people are still coming together in small ways, like following the guidelines in place and spending time with their family.
My photohrapgs were inspired by all the town halls. I tried to incorperate ideas presented by the professors and scientists in each photograoh i took.
For example, in the town hall where they talked about the origins of the virus, and how they sampled different places in China and tested it in animals and humans for how the host and virus interact, I went and photographed at Petco. Animals being able to contract the coronavirus, specifically, dogs, is reflected in the photographs taken at Petco. Petco is still open where I am from, but workers are still taking the necessary precautions, but not because dogs can transfer the virus, according to the studies that have been done, but because humans and cats can transfer the virus.
Another example is that people, even young people, are still at risk and shouldn’t intentionally effect people, and can still transmit the virus even if you dont know if you are sick. When it effects us, “we are contagious before we have symptoms, and the majority of us wont get any symptoms (Jonna Mazet).” This is reflected in the masks I photographed people wearing, and people standing 6 feet apart, as well as not using playgrounds. All these precautions people are taking are because people understand what Mazet and other scientists and doctors are saying.
My favorite town hall was actually the last Friday’s town hall, with Richard Harris. I thought it was really cool that Harris would agree to come onto UC Davis’s zoom video, and I also found it interesting to hear about his comparison of the Sars virus to the coronavirus today. I cannot remember the Sars virus, because I was only 3, but it was interesting hearing about it compared to COVID-19.
Thank you for putting on the town hall videos, it helped me get information that I new was accurate and correct. I am very glad I got to take this class!