Covid-19 interview with Northeastern University Student


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Covid-19 interview with Northeastern University Student
Northwestern University Student Oral History 2020/12/03

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This is an interview with a classmate. In the interview we discuss the handling of the pandemic and we also discuss previous pandemics as well as what we can learn from them going forward.

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Jahaan Saini

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Northeastern University Student

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December 2020

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December 2020 interview with a Northwestern University student, discussing the pandemic, past pandemics, and what they learned during a class regarding pandemics.

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Interviewer: Jahann
Interviewee: Northwestern University Student
Jahann 0:00
Hello all, this is Jahann. And tonight I will be interviewing [inaudible] for the COVID-19 archive project part two. Hi, how are you today?

Northeastern University Student 0:10
Hello, I'm good. How are you?

Jahann 0:13
I'm good. So before starting the interview, I just wanted to say the time and the date. It is 7:09pm. And it is the third of December. And I also wanted to ask for your consent before we started recording.

Northeastern University Student 0:30
Oh, yeah, I do give my consent to interview.

Jahann 0:34
Perfect. So let's get started. My first question to you would be, do you think we were prepared for the current pandemic?

Northeastern University Student 0:44
Um, to be honest, I think it really depends on like, which countries but like, socially and considering, like how the people are acting, I don't think we were prepared. The healthcare system, the remote working, and like general, the general public, we were just not prepared for this kind of pandemic in our life. And we were just, we just didn't know and didn't expect anything in this measure of seriousness. So and politically also, we were not prepare. So is unfortunately, we are kind of panicking. Everyone is panicking, and it's not. We're not in a great like time, I don't think, definitely.

Jahann 1:32
My second question to you is, has learning from past pandemics allowed you to broaden your knowledge about the current pandemic?

Northeastern University Student 1:41
Um, yeah, definitely. I learned a lot through this class, about through like learning from the past that how the development and the advancement of responses like we advanced, like throughout and through different pandemics. And also I learned that how they are really, those responses and those experience really affect how we're doing in the current pandemic. And it's really interesting, but like, how I also learn that we... there are like existing discriminations that are so reflective, like with the responses and with how we are dealing, dealing and handling the pandemic. So that was really, that really broadened my perspective and learning about it.

Jahann 2:34
Yeah, definitely. Um, my third question to you is, has your perception about the virus change now from what it was a few months ago? Based on what we've learned in this class regarding pandemics and its effects on society right now?

Northeastern University Student 2:53
Definitely, yes. It's changed quite a bit, actually. So in the beginning, I think I mentioned in like in the previous interview, that I thought that this COVID-19 and Coronavirus is going to be just like a little more contagious flu virus. Right? But now learning and having all these lessons and topics we talked about, and just like seeing all the news like the past, I don't know how long, like nine or eight months. Now I am starting... now I am I really realizing that this is a disease that although it's not as deadly as other diseases, but it is still as dangerous to us. And it will be something that will totally change our life and society. And I think it'll be the event of our generation. And also, yeah, and also like outside of like, just like the health issues is like, the time I think the Coronavirus is really triggering us to change like socially and culturally. So it's like different issues are being brought up. So I'm just the precession of fires and the health issues really changed is affecting our basis, standard of life and just our everyday life and everything.

Jahann 4:22
For sure, I also think that it's just so refreshing to get all this information from like different sources that are provided to us instead of like, the media and everything we're exposed to that we're not really sure what is true and what's not. So it's really nice to have like a refined list of material to go through and read knowing that we're actually reading the truth and we're reading different perspectives. So yeah, I totally agree with you there.

Northeastern University Student 4:50

Jahann 4:51
So my last and final question for you is what do you think has been a learning moment for humanity from the past pandemics

Northeastern University Student 5:00
So I think from the past, we really learned that international cooperation and communication is the key and is the is what is like one of the critical thing that we really have to focus on. Because like, since the past, like we have learned and seen that there were no communication and which led to more widespread and harsh impact. So I think we really have to focus on that. And I think the health it's really something that we are so connected now. And since the past, so just being ignorant of something happening on the other side of the world doesn't help us at all. Just like ignoring of it and thinking is not going to affect this doesn't work anymore. And I think we really learn quicker the action, the better for our life and the betterment of us.

Jahann 6:06
For sure. I remember when back in February, everybody was talking about being something that was just so far away, and it would never get to us or even if it would get to us it wouldn't be as drastic. And look at us now. So yeah, definitely I agree with the with that aspect that you brought up. So those were all of my questions. Thank you so much for answering all of my questions. It was very interesting to hear your perspective and know that you have gotten a lot out of this class and the material that we've gone through just because we I guess we can ever stop learning. So yeah, thank you. Thank you.

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