Students reflect on life inside the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic forced many Penn students to return to their permanent residences as they transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. For some of these students, the semester had to be completed in New York City — the original epicenter of the crisis in the United States.
The City That Never Sleeps had been in a deep slumber for nearly two months at the time of this essay. The streets were eerily quiet. Businesses had closed their doors. Public places that were usually packed became virtually empty. Here is what New York City looked like in the time of COVID-19, along with some perspectives from Penn students were experiencing the isolation firsthand.
A version of this essay was published in The Daily Pennsylvanian on May 4, 2020. None of the students quoted appear in the photographs.
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