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Living 6 feet apart: Here's what Midpeninsula residents are taking away from a year of life in a pandemic

Original post made on Mar 19, 2021

One year in, locals share their experiences of life under the COVID-19 pandemic and takeaways from this unprecedented, and hopefully not-to-be-repeated, year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 19, 2021, 6:57 AM

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Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 19, 2021 at 9:45 pm

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Kudos: vignettes of real people all facing with dignity a year long isolated, life-changing experience. I suspect I will wear masks for the rest of my life because I haven't had a cold, cough or bronchitis, all frequent visitors... for more than a year. And I am grateful to the City of Palo Alto for the Emily Renzel Fresh Water Ponds whereI have made a photographic study most days since isolation began of birds, fauna and plants.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:47 am

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A year ago, some of the restrictions felt odd and we struggled particularly with the idea of how long they may be in place. We were told 3 weeks to flatten the curve. The 3 weeks were extended. We hoped that by the Summer life would return to normal. It didn't.

Now here we are a year later, with vaccines and much healthier numbers. We are still being told just another few weeks.

Some of the restrictions now feel like second nature. But we do need to feel that this is coming to an end. I think some of us do, but there are still many people who are scared of returning to something more social. At some stage we are going to have to bite the bullet and leave our cocoons, taking fledgling steps into the world.

Whether it is Orange Tier Status or the proposed green tier, we have to end this attitude of fear. Because fear it is. If the vaccines work, what are we to be afraid of?


Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 20, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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@Bystander: it is not we who are vaccinated that makes us fearful; they who remain unmasked and unvaccinated are a danger to us all. The Covid-19 virus mutates and the mutations are what endanger all of us. To risk friends, neighbors and others from the selfishness of not masking is beyond the pale.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2021 at 1:59 pm

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@Alice

Who said anything at all about being unmasked?

I was talking about living in fear and remaining hidden at home because of fear. It is time to come out (fully masked if still necessary) but come out of hiding and live our lives.

Too many people are scared to come out. They are fully vaccinated. They are wearing masks. Yet still afraid to go for a haircut, send children to school, eat with friends, chat on a street corner, or many other things that constitute living their lives as normal.

It is time to be careful, but it is time to stop being fearful.


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