COVID-19 Diaries

Living and coping amid the pandemic

Editor's note: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Voice of America journalists around the world are working to bring accurate news and information to our audience.  Here are some of their personal stories.

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, March 28,…
Covering the president often means getting too close for comfort under social distancing guidelines
Patsy Widakuswara, Senior White House Correspondent
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:38
An aerial view shows the tracks of the light rail as Israel tightened a national stay-at-home policy with guidelines aimed at…
Linda Gradstein shares the new-found challenges of living and working in a full house
Linda Gradstein
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:32
Michele Galindo exercises with a streaming video from a website while in her Austin, Texas, April 26, 2006.
It's been a moving target: where, when, how and with whom you can exercise during the coronavirus shutdown in California
Michelle Quinn
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:45
COVID-19 Diaries: A Surreal Trip From Bogota to San Francisco
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Home at last, there were no hugs, just a car that smelled of hand sanitizer
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Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:20
An empty street leads to the ancient Colosseum, in Rome, March 24, 2020.
Empty streets present a surreal scene for residents accustomed to unbearable traffic with honking cars and whizzing scooters
Sabina Castelfranco
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:58
More than 11 million Syrians are displaced at home or abroad, with many having fled their homes several times. Some are pictured here in Manbij, Syria, Feb. 21, 2020. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
Crises and stories are being missed as aid workers and journalists are isolated at home or unable to travel
Heather Murdock
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:14
Times Square is eerily empty as most New Yorkers are teleworking these days. (Photo: Celia Mendoza /VOA)
Staying virus-free is tricky for a globetrotting journalist
Celia Mendoza
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 16:34
Women, wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walk
Broad surveillance powers, massive testing, key to country's success 
William Gallo
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 07:20
Eunjung's 2nd-grader son sorting out his worksheets from school. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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Working from home while assisting two children with ‘distance learning’ is a delicate balancing act
Eunjung Cho
Sat, 03/21/2020 - 04:27
A picture taken on March 20, 2020 in Paris, shows a deserted bridge Pont Alexandre III, on the fourth day of a strict lockdown…
Sun, baguettes and confinement — coronavirus reshapes daily life 
Lisa Bryant
Fri, 03/20/2020 - 20:24
People wear masks as they line up to enter a pharmacy, in Rome, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
True heroes emerge in this desperate fight against the virulent coronavirus, as doctors, nurses and first responders risk their lives desperately trying to save others, without the necessary resources or reliable treatments
Jamie Dettmer
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:25
Julianna "Jules" Struck teaches English in France and is sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, unnerving her mother.
A mother keeps tabs on the welfare of her grown children, who are independent and resilient but frighteningly far away during a pandemic
Kathleen Struck
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:41
"I Voted" stickers are seen on a table at a polling station at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Evanston, Illinois, March 17, 2020.
Not an ordinary stroll to the ballot box for a new US citizen voting for the first time in a process to determine who will run against President Trump in November
Kane Farabaugh
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:28
People line up to enter a supermarket, keeping the proscribed social distance from one another and entering a few at a time, in keeping with measures introduced by the Italian government to slow the spread of the coronavirus, in Rome, March 10, 2020.
The restriction is among many announced by the Italian government to rein in coronavirus transmissions
Jamie Dettmer
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:37
A man is seen wearing a protective face mask at Waterloo station in London, Britain, March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Advice about improving one's personal hygiene appears to be falling on some deaf ears, a poll finds
Jamie Dettmer
Fri, 03/06/2020 - 16:52