Coronavirus Pandemic – Snapshots

Comfort, the hospital navy ship arrives in NYC for relief with COVID-19. It will take care of non-COVID-19 patients.

To borrow from Jonathan Larson’s “Seasons of Love” [RENT, the musical], I wonder how do we measure a month in a life defined by the Coronavirus? I’ve never lived through a pandemic. I’ve been covering HIV and AIDS for almost twenty years, oftentimes through the stories of long-term survivors, but I’ve never lived through the crisis of the early days of that pandemic.

So, how does one really capture the story of a pandemic, while living through the pandemic themselves? Journaling? Documenting each day in thoughts and worries, text and visuals, news updates?

As we’re trying our best to stay safe, many of us are also trying to document our lives during this Coronavirus pandemic. When all is said and done, are we going to have a COVID-19 quilt, a collective story, or a collection of stories of individuals from all over the world? Are we going to have galleries and museums or organize walks and fundraisers to remember those lost to the virus, and raise money for survivors?

There’s a lot to say about all that’s happening right now, relative to the Coronavirus pandemic…thinking about it, I have quite a lot to say, myself…but all in good time, I guess.

For now, I’d like to share a few snapshots capturing life during the Coronavirus pandemic as it unfolds in my own backyard, so to speak–virtually deserted streets, closed-down restaurants and businesses, empty parking lots, and lonely joggers trying to get their run in, for the day:

Empty JC parking lot during coronavirus pandemic. ©Alina Oswald.
Empty JC parking lot during the coronavirus pandemic. ©Alina Oswald.
Reflections of an Upside-Down World in a Time of CoronaVIrus. ©Alina Oswald.
Reflections of an Upside-Down World in a Time of Coronavirus. ©Alina Oswald.

Then, yesterday, March 30, 2020, a sign of…Comfort? US Navy hospital ship Comfort sails by Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, before reaching NYC.

USNS Comfort arrives in NYC. ©Alina Oswald
USNS Comfort (hospital ship) arrives in NYC during the Coronavirus pandemic. It sails by Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, sails by window-washers hanging off a high-rise building, to dock in Manhattan and be ready to receive non-COVID-19 patients in only 24 hrs. ©Alina Oswald.

What’s gonna happen tomorrow or in the days to come? Who knows….

So, how do you keep track of this pandemic, if at all? Do you document it in any way? Feel free to share.

I hope you are all right, and that you stay safe and healthy.

And, as always, thanks for stopping by.

Alina Oswald


  1. I walked to the local pharmacy to day to pick up my monthly medical prescriptions and part way into the walk realised I’d left my camera at home. i normally take at least one camera on the rare times I go out on foot. Nothing to photograph fortunately.

    I’m trying to post a photo a day from my archives starting with the oldest folders first. I’m hoping I don’t run out of photos to post, because that would mean the Coronavirus has gone on for over a year. Keep your fingers crossed the virus disappears before my archival images do. It’s proving quite a walk down memory lane as I try to remember where I photographed the subjects in each photo.


    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I do hope that this virus will go away, soon. Fingers crossed! The idea of posting a photo a day is awesome, and for multiple reasons–from creative reasons to just cleaning the hard drive kind of task. And, agree, the walk down memory lane it provides is quite amazing, and perhaps something that we might need nowadays. Love your photography, in particular the black-and-white images, and look forward to seeing what you’re going to share with us. Thanks again and stay safe. xx


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