Monica, Saginaw County

Storyteller: Trinity DeCaire

Monica is a thirty-nine-year-old mother and civil servant who lives in Saginaw, Michigan. She first heard about COVID-19 when news about Wuhan was being broadcasted. Her current main focuses are work and family, she works as an Income Tax Auditor who processes local income tax filings and assists taxpayers with their filings, questions, and payments. Monica has always been concerned with health and safety, but because of the pandemic it has become an obsession. She is cleaning more often and is more hyper-conscious about cleanliness, especially when it comes to touching the face and mouth. Monica is one of the many people who were affected greatly by the pandemic, she missed major family events and even caught COVID-19 herself. 

Monica, like many others had to have her many 2020 goals and plans pushed back because of the pandemic. Among these things was her goddaughters quinceanera, which was going to take place March of 2020, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. In the later months of 2020, Monica contracted COVID-19 from her place of work. She was scared to how her body would react to the virus and paranoid about the possibility of spreading it to her immediate family. Luckily none of her family members tested positive and she had mild symptoms like loss of smell and taste, which she recovered from quickly. 

From this experience, Monica has remembered how important family is as well as the obvious important of health and safety. She believes that, during this time especially, helping others is a necessity. Being careful not to spread this virus to other people and being able to help a family member if they need it; simply helping and caring for others will help to pull us through this pandemic.

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