Oral Interview with Brittni Smith


Title (Dublin Core)

Oral Interview with Brittni Smith
Brittni Smith Oral History, 2021/04/03

Description (Dublin Core)

Brittni Smith lives in a small town in Kansas. Here, I interview her about her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks about what it was like getting a COVID test. Brittni also tells me about what it was like to have family hospitalized during a pandemic. Her work furloughed her for a few months at the beginning of the pandemic, which she also tells me about.

I am researching the unexpected consequences of the pandemic; a good example would be people not going to the doctor for checkups for fear of catching COVID. I interviewed Brittni for this research.

Recording Date (Dublin Core)

Creator (Dublin Core)

Contributor (Dublin Core)

Event Identifier (Dublin Core)

Partner (Dublin Core)

Type (Dublin Core)

audio interview

Controlled Vocabulary (Dublin Core)


Curator's Tags (Omeka Classic)

Contributor's Tags (a true folksonomy) (Friend of a Friend)

Date Submitted (Dublin Core)


Date Modified (Dublin Core)


Date Created (Dublin Core)


Interviewer (Bibliographic Ontology)

Alisha Downs

Interviewee (Bibliographic Ontology)

Brittni Smith

Location (Omeka Classic)

United States

Format (Dublin Core)


Language (Dublin Core)


Duration (Omeka Classic)


Transcription (Omeka Classic)

AD: [background noise] Hello, we are here with Brittni Smith, and my name is Alisha Downs, and we are going to start our interview. First, is it okay that I record this interview?

BS: Yes, it is.

AD: Alright, we are going to be talking about, just mostly how you have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic. So, to start off with, where do you work, and what do you do there?

BS: I work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and I am a customer service representative. So, I basically, do all the customer interactions [background noise] there at the store.
AD: All right, did you stop working at any point because of the pandemic?
BS: I did. My company took it pretty seriously from the get go. There was a little bit of confusion in the beginning, of course, but my company pretty much furloughed most of the part time and... Well, basically anybody who wasn't a, a manager was put on furlough, or anybody who was willing to, to do the job which I decided to take the time.
AD: Mhm. What was that like for you, just, not working?
BS: Really different than, I mean because you know, working full time and then like stopping all together, and trying to figure out like how you're going to make, pay bills and do groceries and take care of things, it was really different.
AD: I bet. How has your self-care changed, if any during the pandemic? Especially during that time, where your life was uprooted with not being at work.
BS: Uhm, I would say it's half better, it got half better and half worse, maybe. like that, well, I mean like on one hand, I was making meals at home, every day, I didn't go out to eat at all. So I was taking better care of myself physically on a, like a food basis, but I would say, like you know when you're at home, all the time, sometimes we'll skip a shower here or, you know you just kind of play some video games for quite a while. You know, you just kind of forget about the rest of the world, because you don't really want to interact anybody, so you kind of stay inside.
AD: That makes sense. Have there been any, been any changes to your health this past year, mentally or physically?
BS: I think mentally, I feel like I might have gotten better. There has been a lot of like self-discovery and self-exploration because I’ve had the time to do so. I've taken probably, well I don't know, maybe not, yeah besides that was kind of hard to say.
AD: Okay. Have you received any COVID tests?
BS: One, one.
AD: You did?
BS: Yeah.
AD: Was it difficult to do like, the process of getting in to get the test, was that hard?
BS: Well, I got mine done when I was like having a few symptoms, and I was kind of worried about it, so I went in and they gave me one. So I didn't have to stand in line or anything, but it was awful yeah, it was gross. [laughs]
AD: Was it, did it go all the way down?
BS: Yeah!
AD: Yeah?
BS: Yeah, all the way, and then they had to like spin it, and they have to do the other side, I think, and then they spin it, like ugh.
AD: How long did it take you to get that test back?
BS: They said they were going to have it back within like a few days, but then I didn't hear anything from anybody for like two weeks, and then I call them, and then that's what they told me no, I didn't have COVID.
AD: Oh wow. Is there anything else, that you would like to talk about in regards to health during this pandemic?
BS: I think that it was easily, I think that more people are taking into considerations how big of a joke the health care system is, and how much you can take into your health into own hands because obviously, it kind of seems like you're the only person who's going to, because they don't really care all that much, because they have a lot on their plate I guess.
AD: Mhm, that's true. Do you have health insurance?
BS: I do.

AD: You do. Okay, I know that your in-laws, who you currently live with, have had some major health issues this year. Can you explain what it was like to navigate the health care industry during this pandemic?
BS: It was really, uhm, annoying, I guess, because you had to [sigh] there was, even if you were, you know, if you were in the same room. Well, it was like ,you had to wear a mask all the time. There was a very specific visitation, where like only one person could go back. And so it was really hard, because you know, you know you care and you want to make sure that that person is making, you know, you want to make them feel loved and so it's really hard to kind of convey that I think it.
AD: Did it did it seem hard for them as well, the people who are actually sick.
BS: I think so, because they didn’t, you know they weren't able to have the full support that they could have and should have had.
AD: Did, did either of your in-laws push off getting care because of COVID?
BS: Well, I guess unfortunately, for the things that happened to my in-laws, they didn’t really have a choice. They had to immediately go to the hospital. So we couldn't really push off the, the care. So I would say no. You know, we, we still got the care, even though you know, not all of us can be there with them.
AD: Okay, well that is all the questions that I have for you today. I really appreciate you answering my questions. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
BS: [laughs] no
AD: Alright, well thank you, I hope you have a good day.
BS: You too.
AD: Thanks. Okay.

Item sets

This item was submitted on April 5, 2021 by Alisha Downs using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

Click here to view the collected data.

New Tags

I recognize that my tagging suggestions may be rejected by site curators. I agree with terms of use and I accept to free my contribution under the licence CC BY-SA