S.Y., 19, a student in Fairfax, VA

It is currently May 31, 2020, and I have not gone out for more than two months. The only times I leave my house is when I go out for a run in my neighborhood. My family is quite fortunate to be able to work and learn from home, because I know many essential workers and healthcare workers can’t. I’m very grateful for those serving on the frontlines. Without their work, the rest of us would not be able to stay safely inside our homes.

I followed coronavirus news quite closely in March and April, but I’m really tired of seeing any coronavirus related news now. Reading about coronavirus just makes me sad and powerless because I cannot do anything to stop this pandemic other than staying at home. I have donated to a couple charities, but that didn’t even feel real – I have been so isolated in my house that I don’t really know what’s going on in the outside world now. It’s sad that so many people have died, their lives turning into a number on the death count. What’s even more sad is that I don’t even feel anything anymore. I just want this to be over.

[submitted on 5/31/2020]

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