Jeremy, Saginaw County

Storyteller: Trinity DeCaire

Forty-four-year-old Jeremy learned about COVID-19 in March of 2020, his workplace was considering shutting down for about two weeks. Jeremy is a factory technician for the prototype division at Nexteer Automotive. When he had first learned about COVID-19 he didn’t understand the full effect that it had or the soon coming effect it would have on the world. He expected to have a nice two-week vacation from work, maybe an extra week or two, then be heading back into work. He did not expect to still be in a pandemic a year later. 

Day-to-day life has been rough on Jeremy, but not to an extreme extent. He can go to work every day again and earn money, but during the process, he has to wear a mask for ten hours a day and complete a health screening before entering work. Thankfully through this entire process and hopefully all through the future, Jeremy has stayed healthy and COVID-19 free. But like many others, his big plans had to be postponed for a later time, birthdays, holiday events, family gatherings, all had to be canceled or slightly modified to stay within the new health guidelines to keep everyone safe. 

Through the pandemic, Jeremy was surprised to see how much he missed people and learned that he is more of a social person than he previously thought he was. He felt frustrated with the fact that he couldn’t connect with people the way he could before. Chatting over facetime or text just wasn’t the same as being in the same room with a person. Jeremy hopes that everyone takes the necessary precautions and does what is needed without a political bias so that everyone can meet with people again and get back to doing what they love.

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