What has been the most challenging part of Covid-19? 

It is difficult to decide what is most challenging. There is the feeling that time is suspended yet it is moving quickly. Some days it feels like we are losing precious time with loved ones in hopes that social distancing gives them more time to live. 

 

There is the recognition that this is yet another thing the most vulnerable people in our society have to face. I’m not simply talking about folks in the identified high-risk category, but those who are homeless and have no place to quarantine or those trying to survive domestic violence and abuse while in quarantine. How privileged are we to be bored or restless inside a safe and stable home, when this pandemic is hurting the people who have already been hurting the most. 

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?

For those of us who are lucky enough to not be sick, it has forced us to take a pause and reevaluate how we’ve been living. I’ve been taking the opportunity to refine my body, soul, and mind. I’ve found solace and strength in good news — seeing people showing up creatively for each other, witnessing random acts of kindness, celebrating and honoring essential workers... things that remind us of our shared humanity and our responsibility as global citizens to one another. 

Who do you wear a mask for?

For every person who has passed away and will pass away from COVID-19. We have the luxury of time and life, when they didn’t. 

 

For myself, my friends, and my family. I want to see and embrace them in person again.

Vivian Pham

28 years old,

Chief of Staff