And then came March 17, the day that the Bay Area's stay-at-home order took effect. It was the first in the nation, initiated by our alarmed public health leaders.
In the seemingly endless year since, our unease has turned into a multitude of emotions and unusual, only-in-a-pandemic experiences.
To give us the chance collectively to pause and reflect on the impact these past 12 months have had on our lives, The Almanac is publishing this two-part series of profiles and recollections of local residents. This week, we feature the stories and perspectives of those who've been on the front lines, including medical staff, gig workers and an educator. And we also hear from one person who got COVID-19 even before the public health mandate kicked in.
In two weeks, we turn these pages over to our readers, who are stepping forward with their insights about how they've changed as a result of the pandemic.
It's not too late to share your story, whether brief or lengthy. Send it to us by emailing [email protected] or by leaving us a three-minute voicemail message at 650-223-6514 by Friday, March 12. Include your full name and a way for us to contact you, and we'll be in touch.
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