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I Got the Vaccine to Protect My Mom and Help End the Pandemic

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My mother has COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a terrible respiratory condition: She has trouble walking up steps and sometimes uses an oxygen tank. That made the pandemic extremely scary for my family and me. To protect my mom, I hardly ever went outside, and when I did, I wore two […]

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To Protect My Foster Dad, To Get Back in the Classroom, To See My Friends’ Faces Again: Why I Got the Vaccine

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Until the pandemic, I never realized how important it was to see faces. Having to wear masks leaves us in a weird spot where we can’t tell what people are feeling, which makes me feel disconnected. I also miss hanging out with friends without having to worry about our health. And I especially miss the […]

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Almost Derailed by the Pandemic

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Last year I was in the spring semester of my junior year at Queens College when COVID-19 shut school down. At first, I was excited that I wouldn’t have to wake up early for class anymore. Then I found out I was getting kicked out of the dorm—which was my home. For the past three […]

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Our Close Call With COVID

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It was the third day of Ramadan, and about one month into the coronavirus pandemic. The ear-piercing racket of ambulance sirens resonated constantly throughout my New York City neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens. But another sound troubled me even more. My 76-year-old grandma was gasping for air. She sat slouched on her bed, leaning against the […]

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