People are coping and finding new ways of passing time at home, including students at NCC and elsewhere.
“This new environment hasn’t been easy to transition into, it’s almost a nightmare,” says Sara Zana, a second-year Art major at NCC.
Getting out for a break is severely limited as parks and theaters have closed, Zana said. “We are cooped up in our apartments all day, save for the regular morning run around my neighborhood. I don’t have much of an outdoor life, but it’s what we have to do. Maybe we should get used to it and probably pick up an indoor exercise routine.”
The rest of the world is also coping in unique ways.
News streams on France 24 depict citizens under total lockdowns singing in their apartment buildings not just to thank healthcare workers but to show solidarity and remind themselves of the feeling of community. Youth in Italy are coming together to help aging citizens with shopping for groceries to shield them from exposure to the virus.
These are uncertain times for everyone, but many are trying to stay safe and reduce the rate of new infections.
“I have learnt to thrive indoors, it’s not that bad after all,” said Sara Bareilles, a Philosophy major at Columbia University. “I get to learn new hobbies and find time to reflect on myself. As long as we keep the virus at bay, let’s stay at home.”