12 Philadelphians on How COVID-19 Turned Their Worlds Upside Down

In an instant, the crisis changed everything about how we live. A dozen perspectives on what that meant.


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A dozen Philadelphians share their coronavirus pandemic impact stories.

In an instant, the COVID-19 crisis changed everything about how we live. Twelve Philadelphians on how their worlds have been turned upside down.


Philly’s Managing Director on How Nothing Prepares You for a Crisis Like This One

Brian Abernathy on reacting to the coronavirus in real time. Keep reading here.

Flyers Star James Van Riemsdyk on Suspending the Season in the Midst of a Hot Streak

The Flyers left wing is back home and reflecting on an NHL season in limbo. Keep reading here.

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High Street Hospitality Group co-owner Ellen Yin shares her coronavirus experience.

High Street Hospitality Group’s Ellen Yin on Having to Lay Off Her Staff

The high-profile restaurateur on how the coronavirus crisis has decimated the dining scene. Keep reading here.

A Philly Teacher on Inspiring Kids During the Crisis

Keziah Ridgeway continued to teach her popular African American history class, even after the School District said remote learning should stop. Keep reading here.

A Philly Bride Who Traded Her Big Wedding for a Small Backyard Ceremony

Erin Markle, whose mom is battling breast cancer, went through with the ceremony to ensure her mother could be there. Keep reading here.

A Seven-Year-Old Who’s Missing Her Friends and Her Birthday

Sasha Martin chats with her mom about what quarantine has looked like from her perspective. Keep reading here.

HughE Dillon on Surviving COVID-19 and Wanting to Do More to Help

The party photographer and man-about-town wants to play a part in finding a cure for the coronavirus. Keep reading here.

A First-Generation College Student Whose Summer Orientation May Be Canceled

Angelica Estevez, a first-generation immigrant and senior at Girls’ High, on starting at Cornell in the fall. Keep reading here.

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An anonymous grocery-store worker speaks up amid the coronavirus crisis.

A Grocery-Store Worker Who’s Working to Support Family, Despite the Health Risks

The longtime employee has a respiratory illness, but not going to work is not an option. Keep reading here.

Independence Health Group’s Daniel Hilferty on the Switch to Working Virtually

The CEO talks about the need for 100 percent testing and the rise of telemedicine. Keep reading here.

A Funeral Director on Preparing for What’s to Come

Victor Baldi III, the fourth-generation funeral director at Baldi Funeral Home on South Broad Street, on bracing for the surge amid a pandemic. Keep reading here.

A Food Delivery Driver Working Six Days a Week

Nicholas Butler, a driver for Black and Mobile, on being out on the streets all day during a pandemic. Keep reading here.


Published as “This Is My Pandemic Story” in the May 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.