Keeping Up with Life During the Covid-19 Pandemic

People walk on a lonely pier, by a lonely lighthouse, during coronavirus pandemic. ©Alina Oswald.

…or at least trying to

I’ve lost track of time. These days it’s like living in a loop, to some extent. There’s no weekend, no weekday. There’s checking in with family and friends, scrubbing hands with soap and water, and watching (mostly local) press conferences while holding my breath for the latest updates, which never seem to look encouraging….

But there is some good news. Close friends and family seem to be doing all right. Mental exhaustion is still there, but not as bad as during the first days of the pandemic…guess the body (and mind?) learn to adjust, eventually. But there’s no foreseeable end in sight. Not yet.

I stay busy and focused, as much as possible. I have to send special thanks to the amazing author Hans Hirschi, for entertaining me (and many others) each day with his book readings. For some reason, I seldom get to log in for his live reading, but then catch up with it on YouTube.

Since I haven’t been out of the house in a long while, I keep my camera around and try to take notes on the pandemic as it unfolds in my neighborhood. So, here are a few images and video bites captured during the coronavirus pandemic:

In Garden State flags fly at half-staff during the coronavirus pandemic:

Empire State Building flashes its siren lights, to honor the first responders for their amazing work during covid-19 pandemic:

This covid-19 Easter weekend, New York City displayed its bright heart for all to see:

NYC puts its heart on display during (covid19) Easter weekend. Photo © Alina Oswald.
NYC puts its heart on display during (covid19) Easter weekend. Photo © Alina Oswald

Each night at 7pm, Jersey City residents step outside on their balconies to cheer covid-19 first responders.

City streets are mostly empty, but for the ambulances and covid-19 test sites.

And yet, life still goes on during covid 19 pandemic:

  • Life during covid19 - playing tennis on a sunny afternoon. ©Alina Oswald.
  • Life during covid19 - playing tennis on a sunny afternoon. ©Alina Oswald.
Life goes on on the waterfront during covid19 pandemic. ©Alina Oswald
Masked walkers practice social distancing on the waterfront. ©Alina Oswald
People walking on a lonely pier by a lonely lighthouse. ©Alina Oswald.

I wonder when we’re going to be able to notice a glimpse of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel?

Hope you all stay well and healthy, and inside, if possible.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald


  1. Good to hear you, family & friends are all doing well over there in the U.S., Alina.

    I’m used to being indoors most of the time in the last 12-15 mnths, but I find it weirdly hard to settle down to any of the usual chores and activities.

    It’s quite hard to get into a different mindset, but each night on the International news when I read of the stats, I worry about those I know on your side of the world and my Goddaughter in London.

    We won’t be finishing our Stage 3 lockdown for another 5 weeks here in Australia and then………well, there’s always Stage 4 (which we hope to never, ever reach). It could be 12-18 months or more, but at least our PM is taking care of the millions with no job…well at least for the next 6 months. I feel so bad for the homeless though. They have no real safe place to be and the soup kitchens and charities need lots of money to keep going. The amazing acts of kindness and charity from the every day people and even those with no job is astounding.

    Stay safe, well and…..stay home.

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    1. Hi Vicki, many thanks for your comment and kind words, and for sharing about life in Australia these days. And, yes, I think of all those who don’t have a roof over their heads…it’s a sad situation. Hope that your goddaughter is ok, in London. This thing is everywhere! NY was hit hard, as you might know, and also the entire area here in NYC Metro. Hopefully by June (?) life might start inching back to some kind of normal, whatever that normal might be. Who knows…. Thank you again and you stay well and safe, too.

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