Coronavirus Diaries: Looking Beyond Ourselves


Leopold Spohngellert, Newspaper Supervisor

While our own lives are important, we also reflected on what’s happening in the world and our feelings about the crisis. 

“I think that NYC has drastically changed due to COVID-19 because for example, usually Times Square is filled with a bunch of New Yorkers and Tourists, but now you can only spot around 10-15 people walking on those streets.” – Sharlene Almanzar (7th grade)

“Some changes that have made me feel sad is the fact that the government is worried about money instead of hundreds and thousands of people dying from this virus and they are not funding to make more hospitals.” – Andres Perez (7th grade)

These changes make me feel kinda scared honestly because when we do get to go out again and go to school I have that type fear of knowing that there’s always a chance that I could get infected with the virus. People are trying to find a treatment or cure for the virus. A lesson I will take away is to appreciate the moments when you go outside cause something like the quarantine could happen again.” – Daphney Ramirez (8th grade)

NYC has changed because sometimes the streets are empty because people are quarantining themselves. It makes me feel weird NYC has never been so quiet. People are quarantined and washing their hands often which is helping.” – Perla Fernandez (7th grade)

The lessons I will take away from this crisis are: get used to staying inside and try to practice staying sane. We can honor those who are fighting the coronavirus by following along and helping them fight the coronavirus as well.” – Jakub Vacin (6th grade)

“We all have learned, I think, that we are not the all-powerful rulers of this kingdom: planet earth. Mother Nature is what controls it, and the fact that we did not see this coming is a bit shocking. I think that we need to support our saviors, the healthcare workers, by giving them what they need. We can no longer simply think of ourselves, and greedily take what we need. We also need to think of others. That is what will help us move through this crisis.” – Leonard Blachly-Preston (6th grade)