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A.M., a teen in Toronto, Canada

“Inequalities are coming to light, and historical tensions are resurfacing.

In some ways, this is scary. But it is also certainly an opportunity. Us “quaranteens” are going to be coming of age in a very different world than our parents did, and we will have a lot of choices to make.”

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N.N., a teen in Montreal, Canada

“I remember in early March at my last ever in-person lecture of the year how tense and confused everybody seemed to be. Was school really going to be shut down? Would I be back in a few days? Never would I have expected that months later I’m still unable to see my friends and enjoy the great things the city has to offer…”

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L.S., a teen in Sturgeon Falls, Canada

“My mother and sister have still been going out and not taking precautions has us spending most of our days it the bedroom to avoid them. The fact that they are still going out annoys me, it upsets me and makes me angry, but most of all, it fills me with anxiety and worries me. I am constantly living in a state of panic and needing to sanitize everything and avoid everyone so keep my baby safe.”

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C.V., 50, a healthcare worker in Mississauga, Canada

“…A lot of the nurses and PSW’s who work with me like to socialize outside of work. We need to get our mind off of work sometimes, and we’re finding that it’s hard to do that right now. We’re surrounded by the news and any time we speak to somebody at work, it’s always about COVID-19…”

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Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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