Dispatches from a Pandemic: What daily life during the pandemic looks like to people across the U.S., and beyond

As the number of coronavirus cases has jumped in recent weeks, almost all Americans have had to change something about the way they live their daily lives. Some states including New York and California and Illinois have closed all nonessential businesses and asked people to stay at home. With millions of people affected across the country, MarketWatch asked readers to share pictures of what life during a pandemic looks like for them. Here are some of the images and stories they shared with us.

“This is at Jewel [a local Albertsons-owned grocery chain] located in Deerfield, a suburb in Chicago. Protecting myself and my family as well as doing my part to prevent the spread of the virus. Didn’t think the mask I used a decade ago when demolishing my basement, which happened to contain some asbestos pipe insulation, would ever come in handy. Now my wife gives me a grocery list once a week and I do the grocery shopping at Whole Foods, Jewel and Trader Joe’s.”
The historic Admiral Theatre in Seattle.
Gloves for customers to put on as they enter a 7-Eleven in Seattle.
“Here are the contents of my daughter’s dorm room. She is a college senior, with a job waiting in another city. We never thought her (or her stuff) would come home.”
A local park closed down to keep residents away.
Sent in by a former Marine who is now a farmer. “Please find attached pics of two goat kids. Their mother rejected them and we are hand feeding them. In these pics they were in the house as they were too young to be in the barn.” He adds: “For me, self-isolation is not too far out of the ordinary. I can and have gone 2 weeks without seeing another person other than my wife. She is currently working from home. Regardless of what is happening out in the world, farm life happens. Livestock need water and feed 24/7. This is what concerns me: What happens when farmers catch COVID-19? Or the processing plants that turn corn, wheat, beef, pork, chicken into cuts for sale at the grocery store? The field workers who plant, or harvest, crops? That is the bottleneck that has me concerned from a society standpoint.”
“Sharing a photo of how our life changed due to coronavirus, with all gyms closed (including our building’s gym), we started doing home workouts!” Andy and Suki in New York City.
“Charlotte Douglas Intl Airport, Terminal D, Monday March 23rd. American Airlinescuts International flights, leaving an empty terminal due to COVID-19.”
An international submission: This photo shows an empty Santos, a municipality in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
Plaza Mayor, as photographed Tuesday by Madrid-based MarketWatch writer and editor Barbara Kollmeyer, is one of the more reliably teeming public spaces in the Spanish capital city, when it’s not locked down to stem a pandemic’s spread.
“From the comfort of my desk, I take images of remote galaxies, controlling a remote setup in New Mexico.”
“The intersection of First Avenue and 20th Street in Manhattan looking south.” Taken March 23, 2020.
Photo by urbanist Max Grinnell — @theurbanologist on Twitter and https://www.pscp.tv/theurbanologist/ on Periscope — of the normally bustling Kenmore Square in central Boston at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The Citgo sign near the upper right is commonly captured by TV cameras at nearby Fenway Park.
“Here is a photo I thought you’d like, showing special “senior hours” for early grocery shopping in Los Angeles.”
“Me at the local grocery store [near Austin, Texas] talking on the phone telling my son Geoff that the aisles are bare.”

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