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Let's Tell A Story Together: What's It Like For You In The Time Of Coronavirus?

We are living through historic times. Help us capture this moment by contributing your own story. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Everyone has a story about where they were on days like 9/11 or the moon landing. This isn't like that.

This story is made up of millions of smaller ones, and its impact will be with us for a long time. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down L.A.'s schools, its freeways, its workplaces. It literally hit home, where the majority of us (who are lucky enough to have one) were told to remain isolated and distanced from friends and extended family. Every Angeleno in one way or another has been left to negotiate a new way of living -- and to navigate what has already shaped up to be one of the worst recessions in living memory.

KPCC/LAist wants to help document this historic time -- and its aftermath -- as it unfolds across Southern California. Have you lost your job or been furloughed? Are you an essential worker risking exposure to treat patients or keep the economy on life support? What has it been like for you? What have been your ups, your downs? What do you want your future self to remember?

We invite you to join us in creating the diary of a city in the time of coronavirus. Pick any day that stands out to you, and share it with us. A KPCC/LAist journalist may be in touch to follow up. We'll read every response, and nothing is shared without your permission. And if you have more to say as time goes on, we'll happily accept multiple entries.

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