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C.C.B., 56, a cooking instructor for children in Murrieta, CA

“I felt trapped, as most people probably did. The feeling was overwhelming and it made me shut down a little bit. I didn’t know what was next or where anything would go, including my work, my husband’s work, my kids’ school, and my parents. All I could do was hope, so that’s what I did”

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B.L., 45, a lab technician in Murrieta, CA

“As an Asian American, I’m living double the fear and the worries! I’m not just worry about the Covid-19 itself, but also worried about the “Asian hate” that it has brought to the surface…I’m worried sending my children back to school…”

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J.C., 60, a Translator in Modesto, CA

“After a strange year of semi-isolation and worrying, I am finally getting my first dose of the vaccine and I am very excited about it. I have a wedding to attend in April 2022, in Seville (Spain), and I am hoping that most of the countries achieve the so-called herd immunization, so that I can travel without restrictions and without fear of doing it.”

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E.N., 44, a teacher in Murrieta, CA

“A year on and I feel at perhaps my unhealthiest sadly, both physically and emotionally. My mom is getting the Covid vaccine next week and I am so happy for her. I hope that all of us will be able to get our vaccines too.”

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J.M., a teen in Murrieta, CA

“It’s been almost 365 days since everything took a turn for the worse, and most of us are still in shock. I could have it a lot worse but it is still pretty hard. I was getting less hours at work so it became difficult for my mom and I to pay our bills and expenses, grocery stores were almost completely empty…”

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S., 29, a real estate worker in St. Petersburg, Russia

“Тест на беременность. Мы отправились с мужем в аптеку, по пути купили что-то к ужину. Дома я сразу же сделала тест и спустя некоторое время он показал две яркие полоски. Это было настоящее чудо! Мы поняли что теперь нам нужно серьёзно готовится к появлению ребёнка.”

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C.M., a teen in Murrieta, CA

“I was incredibly bored throughout the entire experience and it was hard finding things to do in my own home but I’ve managed find many things like drawing, watching movies, learning a new language, etc. I try to talk to my friends through different methods everyday and the rare occasion we see each other face-to-face we still adhere to rules as best we can.”

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D.H., 65, a Lecturer at Endicott College in Somerville, MA

“Being the walker in the city that I am I took a shorter-long walk this afternoon. The weather was crisp, a classic early spring sort of day…I noticed while walking many people were following the six foot rule, as they swerved away from me like I was a leper.”

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M.C., a teen in Murrieta, CA

” I have been through pain, happiness, stress, excitement, and sadness through this taxing quarantine. In the end, I have learned the valuable life lesson that everything happens for a reason. I will not always get what I want, but I can learn from the journey and emotions that I am currently experiencing and use it to form my future self.”

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