NY’s Polish American citizens on COVID-19: ‘It Does not Actually Sink in Till it’s Close to You’

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NY's Polish Americans on COVID-19: 'It Doesn't Really Sink in Until it is Near You'


Jeanmarie Evelly

A LinkNYC kiosk in Queens stocks COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Learn the unique tale in Polish at Nowy Dziennik
Translated and condensed by means of Aleksandra Slabisz

Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik spoke to Polish American citizens from New York and New Jersey about how they’re grappling with the COVID-19 disaster, which has upended everybody’s lives. The interviews have been performed every week ahead of the governors of New York and New Jersey offered the mandate to stick house for non-essential employees (Nowy Dziennik has withheld the resources’ closing names).

“Following the scoop from China and different portions of the arena, I knew the virus would ultimately get right here. It used to be only a subject of time,” says Andrzej from Maspeth, Queens, who had shielded himself for 3 weeks by means of staying house because of the outbreak. “Lately used to be my first day trip. I went searching for meals,” he stated, including that he additionally bought a 192-proof Polish alcohol to make use of for disinfecting.

“I’ve watched China and Italy, but it surely doesn’t truly sink in till it’s close to you. Now we need to combat with the virus ourselves,” says Danuta, additionally from Maspeth. “I depart house a lot much less now. My paintings hours have dwindled already. I can most certainly be compelled to take an extended ruin from paintings. I best pass out to shop for probably the most important merchandise. The concept that I want to keep house, keep away from seeing folks as a result of we will move the virus to each other makes me really feel like I’m in jail,” she provides.

“No different virus has attacked so aggressively in our lifetime. It’s exhausting to understand what to anticipate,” says Zofia from Clifton, New Jersey. She says her circle of relatives protects themselves with mask and gloves once they pass out, and everybody takes nutrition C steadily. “We additionally attempt to consume meals that include nutrition C and E, like mango, kiwi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and nuts. Docs also are suggesting consuming merchandise that experience zinc and Omega-2. So I make certain we’ve numerous those on our desk,” she says, including that buying groceries at Corrado’s and Shoprite has turn out to be tough on account of crowds and provide shortages. “I finished up purchasing all I wished, from beans thru meat, at a Polish deli,” she says.

“All of us want take this case critically and act responsibly,” says Grazyna from Wallington, New Jersey, who praised federal and state government for his or her reaction to the pandemic. “I’m looking to take all precautions. I hardly even go on a spree. If I want to purchase one thing I’m going to a Polish deli. They’ve the whole thing I want there and take a excellent care of the hygiene. I’m shocked at individuals who are stocking up. I heard a few man who purchased rest room paper that can closing him for the following 5 years. It received’t save him from the virus.”



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