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E.M., a teen in Murrieta, CA

“I think that the hardest thing about quarantine and COVID-19 has been going to school online…This semester, I feel like some of my teachers seem to be expecting more than if we were actually in person. I am finding it more difficult to balance my life between social, personal, and school.”

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T.M., a teen in the United Kingdom

“People are out working hard for us, forcing themselves through that fog of fatigue. Except in theirs, grief at leaving their families and seeing so many deaths is interspersed within it. Driving them through is something more powerful than that harsh, thick fog. They know that right now, we need them and that this pain, this fatigue, this fog, is temporary. That’s what we all need to remember, whether we are on the front line at the hospital or in our homes. It’s temporary.”

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M.K., a teen in Seoul, South Korea

“The government made an emergency safe committee to settle the situation down at the start of the infection. Nevertheless, infected people still increased every day…As the Ministry of Education officially announced its opening of online schools, the school office will investigate the status of students who cannot be remotely educated and make pushes for renting laptops, tablets, and Internet communications to the underprivileged.”

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E.D., a teen in Santiago, Chile

“This situation affects me in a bad way and also in a good way because I think that all people are learning much more to value what they have and they are taking more seriously the situation, but also suddenly it affects me badly: I am not so nice with my family because I start to collapse with the feeling of confinement.”

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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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