Teddy, 13

The moment that I realized the extent of this pandemic was when I was driving with my dad along the Bronx River Parkway. I saw something that I have never seen before, which was the parking lot and building of the Westchester County Center full of rows of medical tents. Fearless healthcare workers were treating the sick patients of Westchester. Just a few weeks earlier, I was at that very arena, and now, it was serving as a hospital for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then I realized that this disease was no joke and is the most devastating disease of my life, and possibly of all time. Now that everything is on hold and everyone is at home, I’ve been able to realize how that one moment helped me grasp what was going on throughout the world.

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