Henry Wathan Oral History, 2020/10/27


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Henry Wathan Oral History, 2020/10/27

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This interview was recorded as part of The Covid 19 Oral History Project, a project of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute associated with The Journal of a Plague Year: A Covid 19 Archive. This interview was conducted through the University of Cincinnati in partial fulfillment of credit for HIST3158 under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca S. Wingo.
An interview with Henry Wathan on his life during the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses his thoughts on the pandemic, his employment, the recreational activities he undertook, and his hopes and dreams post-pandemic.

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University of Cincinnati

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Jacob Gerin

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Henry Wathan

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United States of America

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18 to 24

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Prefer not to answer

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This interview was recorded as part of The Covid 19 Oral History Project, a project of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute associated with The Journal of a Plague Year: A Covid 19 Archive. This interview was conducted through the University of Cincinnati in partial fulfillment of credit for HIST3158 under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca S. Wingo.
An interview with Henry Wathan on his life during the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses his thoughts on the pandemic, his employment, the recreational activities he undertook, and his hopes and dreams post-pandemic.

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Jacob 0:00
All right. My name is Jacob Gerin. I am here with Henry Wathan. The date is October 4, and the time is 251. We are in Copley, Ohio, Henry Wathan. I want to briefly review the informed consent and deed of gift document that you signed. This interview is for COVID-19 oral history project which is associated with the Journal of the plague year, a COVID-19 archive. The COVID-19 oral history project is rapid response oral history focused on achieving the lived experience of the COVID-19 epidemic. We've designed this project so that professional researchers and the broader public can create upload their oral histories to our open access and open source database. This study will help us collect narratives and understanding about COVID-19 as well as help us better understand the impacts of the pandemic over time, the recording demographic information and the verbatim transcripts will all be deposited in the Journal of the plague year, a COVID-19 archive in the Indiana University Library System for the use of researchers and the general public. Do you have any questions about the project that I can answer?

Henry 1:11

All right.

Jacob 1:12
Taking part in the study is voluntary you may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time leaving the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to you which you are entitled your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with Indiana University up UI or the IU p UI Arts and Humanities Institute, or the University of Cincinnati through which this project is being ran through. Participating this project means that you your interviews will be recorded in digital video and or audio format and maybe transcribed. The recordings are possible or impossible transcripts of my interviews, copies of any supplementary documents or additional photos that you wish to share. The informed consent and deed of gift may be deposited in the Journal of play year, a COVID-19 archive and the Indian university library system and will be available to both researchers and general public your name and other means of identification will not be confidential. Do you have any questions?

Henry 2:14
No, sir.

Jacob 2:17
In addition to your signed document, would you please offer a verbal confirmation that you understand and agree to these terms?

Henry 2:23
I verbally understand and agree to these terms.

Jacob 2:27
I am also asking that you verbally confirm that you have agreed you that your interviewer will be made available under your interview will be made available under the following license. Creative Commons intermediation new commerce non commercial Share Alike 4.0 International cc Vy NC as a the COVID-19 oral history project the journal will plague your COVID-19 archive and the trustees of Indiana University acting through its agents employees or Representatives has an unlimited right to reproduce, use exhibit display, perform broadcast create, derive and derive works from and distribute the oral history materials in any manner or media non existing or hereafter developed and perpetual. throughout the world. I agree that the oral history materials may be used by the voices from the waterways, the NIU including its assigns and transfer is for any purpose, including but not limited to marketing, advertising, publicity or any promotional purposes agree that I you will have final editorial authority over the use of world history materials. They waive any right to inspect or approve any of the future use of oral oral history materials. Moreover, I agree that the public has the right to use materials under the terms of fair use us copyright law section 107 of the US Copyright Act. Finally, I want to ask for a verbal confirmation that you have agreed that your interviewing will be made available to the public immediately. Do you agree to things that I've just read to you?

Henry 3:57
Yes, I verbally agreed to the things that you have just read to me.

Jacob 4:02
So what is your name?

Henry 4:05
Henry Wathan.

Jacob 4:06
What are the primary things you do on a day to day basis, for example, your job, school or any extracurricular activities?

Henry 4:17
I go to school for mechanical engineering at the University of Akron. I am going to graduate at the end of this year. And I work in Aerospace Research with the university.

Jacob 4:32
All right, where do you live? Currently?

Akron, Ohio.

Jacob 4:36
and what is it like to live there?

Henry 4:40
cheap. Nice. Quiet.

Jacob 4:43
Do you live on campus?


Jacob 4:47
When you learn first COVID-19 What were your thoughts about it

Henry 4:58
as a foreign disease and could be dangerous. But not too sure didn't know that much about it.

Jacob 5:08
Have your thoughts changed since then?

Henry 5:12
Not sure how dangerous it is embarrassing or the media says, I believe it is overplayed for political gain. But it is still dangerous on the west.

Jacob 5:27
What issues have most concern you about the covid 19 pandemic?
Or otherwise?

Henry 5:37
I think the economic impact is scary. Panic buying scary and
guess people dying on ventilators. It's also frightening.

Jacob 5:51
Have you been affected in your employment due to COVID-19? In any way?

Henry 6:00
They have a lot of testing at work. But no, I'm still have my job. And my hours were not reduced because of it.

Jacob 6:07
Alright, so who has COVID-19 changed your employment status in any ways? No. So do you have any concerns about the effects of COVID-19 on the future employment and the economy? in a broader sense?

Henry 6:25
Yes, I'm concerned about lower class jobs… Moving to… everything's moving, more virtual, and that can be bad for like I just said a lot of low class jobs.

Jacob 6:45
As the covid 19 pandemic affected the employment of anyone you know? Know? All right. How has COVID-19 affected you and or your family's day to day activities?

Henry 7:04
cancel the wedding, My Day hasn't changed, except for wearing a mask in front of my grandma.

Jacob 7:13
Do you have any opinions on wearing a mask in public?

Henry 7:16
No, it's not a big deal. Just Do it.

Jacob 7:19
How are you managing day to day activities in your household?

Henry 7:22
Same way I would if there was no covid

Jacob 7:26
Has the COVID-19 outbreak affected how you associate and communicate with friends and family?

Henry 7:34
A little bit

Jacob 7:35
What is the “little bit”

Henry 7:41
I guess, you know, wear a mask around each other sometimes. And maybe the dynamic has changed a little bit as to where we hang out. and stuff. So mainly been doing that.

Jacob 8:05
All right. Um, what have you, your family and friends done for recreation during covid? 19. pandemic?

Henry 8:16
hiking, lot of hiking.

Jacob 8:19
Were you very outdoorsy before? All very, very. So things happen? Have they changed for you in terms of recreation? In terms of amount?

I'd say the amount of hiking did increase a little bit. Okay.

Jacob 8:34
All right, how is covid 19 outbreak affected your community, we can say more specifically work and school.

Henry 8:43
School and affected a lot of my classes, I've moved online from in class instruction. And there's limits on what I can do on campus, which is a little frustrating as I have a lot of research like I like to do there. And it's limiting that. It also has affected the overall budget of my school, like most of the universities have been cutting away a lot of unnecessary spending. And sometimes that can affect student life. As for work, or anything that's really changed is that I get tested at work and I wear a mask. It's work as usual.

Jacob 9:29
How are people around, you're responding to the covid 19 pandemic.

Henry 9:32
They're respectful about it. They all have. You know, they all understand that everyone has different opinions about it, but they wear the mask if they, you know, wear the mask in public like they're told to. No one's really making a big deal about it.

So self isolation and flattening the curve have been two key ideas that have emerged during a pandemic. How have you, your family, friends, community to respond to a request for self isolation and flattening

Henry 10:00
Following the CDC guidelines, CDC

has COVID-19 changed relationships with family, friends and community in any ways. For example, you know, friends that don't believe in it or believe in it too much, or believe in it in a more extreme manner than you do.

Henry 10:18
No, I'm not stubborn.

Jacob 10:22
um, have you or anybody, you know, gotten sick during the covid, 19 Outbreak?

Henry 10:26

Jacob 10:29
What has been your experience in responding to their sickness?

Henry 10:33
I had to self quarantine and get tested. Because I interacted with the individual. And my work provided me free testing. And were really, really cooperative with me taking that time off waiting for the test results to come back. This individual had COVID-19 he tested
positive. He showed minimal symptoms. He was young individual like me, so I didn't seem to affect him too negatively.

Jacob 11:10
In what ways do you think COVID-19 is affecting people's mental and or physical health?

Henry 11:15
Stay inside, Its not good You're probably getting like cabin fever.

Jacob 11:22
What has been your primary source of news during the pandemic?

Henry 11:25
I don't watch the news.

Jacob 11:27
You don’t watch the news. How do you stay informed?

Henry 11:32
through other individuals normally, sometimes on the internet, I'll read like online forums or stuff like that.

Jacob 11:42
Is there any specific website you use?

Henry 11:48
No, I don’t go to any sort of website for the news.

Jacob 11:51
So you would say your news sources? Have they changed during the course of the pandemic? No, no. So you would obtain your news the same way? Even if there was no pandemic? Yes. What do you think are important issues that the media may or that the media is or is not covering?

Henry 12:15
I think there's some issues with how it's covered. It seems like there's a political agenda to it and I'm not. It's definitely a political agenda to it. That's the problem. Okay.

Jacob 12:32
How have you municipal leaders and government officials in your community responded to the outbreak. So we'll start with local and go on from there. So starting at the local level.

Henry 12:46
I haven't really seen too much Ohio isn't, doesn't seem to be affected by COVID as much as other areas. I can't really speak for local as for government at the state level. Mike DeWine has done a great job in forcing a stay at home was to find that closing bars earlier. Which I think is a good way to reduce interaction among strangers, which is how you can spread the disease if it's not within bubbles.

Jacob 13:25
What do you think? What's your opinions on the University of Akron is handling of the COVID pandemic?

Henry 13:33
Good, but they shouldn't be charging me full price for online classes.

Jacob 13:38
Do you have any thoughts on how local state or federal leaders are responding to the crisis differently?


So this section is for the future. Have you or has your experience transformed? how you think about your family, friends and community in any way?


How does this pandemic compared to other big events that have happened in your lifetime?

Henry 14:01
Um, ruin my life? I love to travel and so not being able to travel was really unfortunate.

Jacob 14:11
So did you have anything canceled due to the pandemic?

Henry 14:14
Yeah, a trip to Europe.

Jacob 14:17
And how can you imagine your life being in a year's time? So next year? What do you imagine life being like?

Henry 14:25
Hopefully working full time and being able to travel to Europe.

Jacob 14:33
And I would imagine that it's also what you hope for?

Henry 14:35

Jacob 14:37
Knowing what you know now, what do you think individuals communities or governments need to keep in mind for the future?

Henry 14:43
I'm better prepared this and better professionalism when it comes to preparing for uncertain events, regardless of your political background, and political background of others who are advising you, I believe everything should be taken seriously, especially anything that involves diseases.

Jacob 15:20
All right. Well, thank you for your time.

Henry 15:23
No problem Thank you Jake Gerin. I love you.

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