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In September 2020, students in Professor Laura Ettinger's History of Public Health in America course conducted interviews with relatives and friends about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their interviewees and/or their interviewees' communities. Some students, with the permission of their interviewees, shared their interviews with this project so that people in the future can learn about what it was like to live in 2020.