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NEW YORK – Wendy Lanski says she had “an irrational fear of supermarkets.”

She got sick with COVID-19 in March, and while she can’t pinpoint her exact exposure, her hunch was that it was the grocery store.

She almost died in her battle against the disease – and she is one of many “long haulers,” or COVID-19 survivors with lingering symptoms such as irregular heartbeat and partial hair loss.

Lanski, 50, also survived another national tragedy that reshaped how many Americans view their sense of safety: the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“I think there are a lot of parallels,” Lanski said of the two seminal moments in modern history. Both caused Americans to praise and better appreciate first responders, she said. Some believe both are a hoax or a government conspiracy.

And both have led to changes in behavior in everyday lives that may or may not be making us safer. Does the size of a toothpaste tube really matter in helping thwart terrorist plots? Are temperature checks stopping the spread of the coronavirus? Or do we just feel more secure?

People’s behavior may be governed by their perception of risk, regardless of whether that’s in line with actual risk, when there is a crisis, says Dr. Joshua Morganstein, chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. 

“It is one thing to be safe, and it is another thing to feel safe,” Morganstein said.

Lanski remembers flying for the first time after 9/11, five months after the attacks. Someone was complaining about the security line taking a long time. She took her World Trade Center ID card.

“I said, ‘Here’s why, buddy. … You just need to take it down a notch.'”

Wendy Lanski survived the 9/11 terror attacks and a battle with COVID-19.

Wendy Lanski survived the 9/11 terror attacks and a battle with COVID-19. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Wendy Lanski)

Security measures, risk assessments are similar

As the U.S. coronavirus case count continues to rise, many Americans continue to take precautions to prevent the spread while also boosting their sense of security – not unlike the safety and security measures some took and changes in behavior that occurred after 9/11.

After the terror attacks, airport security beefed up. Some feared large gatherings as potential next targets. People avoided traveling. Today, amid the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans steer clear of big groups that could be potential “super spreader” events. Some airports screen for people’s temperatures to detect a fever. And the travel industryhas facedsteep declines.

“Maybe now the era of September 11th has given way to the era of COVID-19 or pandemic,” said Jan Ramirez, chief curator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“They both felt sort of unprecedented in scale. They both felt novel and almost implausible up until that point,” she added. “What emerged quickly after was an almost different collective reality.”

For Emiliano Diaz de Leon, 44, wiping down every item he gets from grocery deliveries or letting packages sit in his garage for three days before bringing them in is all about reducing the risk of infection for himself and his family.

His 11-year-old son tried to show him a news article recently that said surfaces are not the primary way the new coronavirus spreads and they’d be fine if some of his birthday presents could come inside a few days earlier.

Diaz de Leon wasn’t buying it. “He’s a sharp kid,” the Texas father said. “He wanted to open his gifts.”

One reason Diaz de Leon says he began to take such precautions was that it was so unclear in the early days of the pandemic what the best practices were. So doing more, rather than less, gives him “peace of mind.”

Taking precautions has become a way of life in the years after 9/11 and now in the new era of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking precautions has become a way of life in the years after 9/11 and now in the new era of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: John Minchillo, AP)

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Similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramirez said, many people after 9/11 looked seriously at what level of risk they could tolerate as the threat of another terror attack prompted new behaviors.

Office buildings ordered deep cleanings to scrub the toxic debris, and some wore masks and gloves amid conflicting reports about the air quality around Ground Zero, Ramirez said. “On a weekly basis, the kind of malevolence of the dust started to change,” she added, as more evidence pointed to its dangers.

Some who could afford to moved out of New York City, others purchased personal protective equipment or gas masks in case of a bioterror attack, and many feared traveling on public transportation, Ramirez said.

It wasn’t uncommon to see members of the National Guard in New York City or caution tape around a suspicious bag, she added.

“We’ll never know the number of potential plots thwarted,” Ramirez said.

Is it a bad thing if you just feel safer?

In the beginning days of the pandemic, scientists weren’t always sure of the source of people’s exposure to the coronavirus, said Dr. Aaron Milstone, a hospital epidemiologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins. 

Now, the medical community has a better sense of where cases come from and how the virus primarily spreads via respiratory droplets. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is possible to become infected after touching an infected surface and then your face, contracting the virus from a grocery store item “I would say those are very, very low-risk exposures,” Milstone said.

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But taking similar extra precautions is not necessarily a bad thing; they just need to be done correctly, said Dr. Kristin Englund, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. For example, wearing gloves, which the CDC does not recommend for most people, will not keep you safer if you then touch your face or cellphone, Englund said.

Temperature checks won’t weed out people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic, and wearing an extra layer of clothes while out in public may also have no effect because there is no evidence the virus spreads via clothing, Englund said.

“While people may come up with other measures to take to decrease their risk, what they need to be sure is whatever they’re doing makes sense and they’re doing them correctly,” Englund said.

But just because a behavior may go beyond what is necessary, it could be beneficial if it makes people feeler safer, Morganstein said.

“Believing you are safe confers significant health benefits,” Morganstein said. A feeling of safety during a crisis can help reduce the likelihood of developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, aid in sleep and lower the chance of turning to alcohol or drugs, he said.

“It would behoove all of us to accept and support people engaging in behaviors that are not harmful to us and allow people to achieve a certain level of safety and comfort,” he said.

Social distancing, masks still a ‘matter of choice’ in the US

In the weeks and months that followed 9/11, letters from children and people all over the world began pouring in for first responders who rushed to Ground Zero.

Many of those letters made a difference on the psyche of those people, Ramirez said.

“There was this huge resurgence of appreciation for the value of human life and the awe for the kind of common-sense grit and abilities and resourcefulness of essential workers and front-line workers,” Ramirez said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramirez has seen a similar return to appreciating front-line workers.

Many in her neighborhood in New York City would come outside at a certain time and provide a round of applause for doctors, nurses and other hospital workers.

A message of being a good citizen or being a good neighbor can be very motivating for some people to take health precautions that keep others safe, such as wearing a mask, Morganstein said.

For Lisa Delgado, 55, of Philadelphia, wearing a mask is like taking off your shoes at the airport.

“I don’t like it, but I do it. It’s a pain, but having innocent people die is a bigger deal than my inconvenience,” she said.

But while you can’t skip the airport security line, you can go some places and not wear a mask. Englund said the lack of more systematic mandates marks a key difference between Americans’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and 9/11.

“After 9/11 when every airport had to initiate this screening, I think there was a normalcy to it,” Englund said. “It’s something we all know, that we have to get to the airport a little earlier. … That is not the place that we’re at right now. It’s still a matter of choice in many areas.”

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Diaz de Leon said it’s “frustrating” and “heartbreaking and disturbing” to see others around him not doing the bare minimum for COVID-19 safety.

“I don’t expect people to do what I’m doing, but if people will practice social distancing and wear a mask, I would feel so much better about the future and the sense of value for their life and my life,” he said.

Nearly 770,000 lives would be saved worldwide from early September to Jan. 1 with near-universal mask wearing and social distancing, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

“If we could get everyone to do the basics, we could cut down dramatically on the number of COVID cases … and then people wouldn’t have to go to the extremes,” Englund said.

For Lanski, returning to normal life after her time battling COVID-19 in the hospital is all about common sense and feeling empowered.

As she recovered and learned more about the virus, she began expanding where she went and what she did. While she avoids certain grocery stores, she feels OK in the drive-through pharmacy. Some restaurants in the next town over look too cramped, so she only goes to one where she knows the owner, is always seated 6 feet from the next table outside and sees all employees wearing masks correctly. 

When she first was released from the hospital, Lanksi had items delivered to her door, but it was her husband’s birthday that got her out of the house to grocery-shop.

“I was trying to get just something special,” she said. So she ran into Whole Foods, quickly, at an off hour, for a treat.

“I’m playing the odds here,” she recalled thinking, but “I’m not going to die buying this cheesecake.”

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Barnes turned his grease traps cleaning service to a COVID-19 deep-cleaning service, that includes disinfectant spay, clean-up and UV ray treatment, to contribute to the pandemic response and keep his employees paid.Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to President Donald Trump, adjusts her mask after a tour at the distribution center of Coastal Sunbelt Produce May 15, 2020 in Laurel, Maryland.Shandrika Pritchett with the Walton County Health Department administers a COVID-19 test at a drive-thru testing station set up at the Van R Butler Elementary School on May 14 in South Walton County, Fla.Hollywood police officers monitor activity along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk during the new coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla.People wait in line as members of the US Army National Guard hand out food and other essentials for people in need at a food pantry in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on May 13, 2020.The United States Navy Blue Angels fly over Chicago outside of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to honor healthcare workers and all those affected by COVID-19, May 12, 2020.Lee Moore of White Plains, N.Y. picks out Mother's Day roses at Sunshine Market in White Plains May 10, 2020. Moore was buying roses for her mother, mother-in-law, and a friend, all of which she said would be delivered while practicing social distancing, including just leaving the roses for her friend on her doorstep.A woman dressed in a former New England Patriots' Tom Brady jersey, waits in line at a food distribution site, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. The donated food was delivered to the site in the Patriots' team truck.Angela Hernandez has her hair washed at Kosmo Salon on Friday, May 8, 2020. Barbershops and nail salons reopened on Friday, May 8, 2020 as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen after coronavirus closures.Battelle decontamination technicians Zachary Leiman, left, and Rod McCollum prepare to test a Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System on May 8, 2020 in Brighton, Colorado. The decontamination system can process up to 80,000 used N95 respirators per day using vapor phase hydrogen peroxide that kills coronavirus and allows masks to be reused 20 times without degradation.People affected by the coronavirus pandemic line up in their cars at Central Texas Food Bank drive-through food distribution at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, on Thursday May 7, 2020. Hundreds received an emergency food box containing about 28 pounds of shelf stable food items. Alice Mayes, 92, is visited by her family at Signature HealthCARE on May 6, 2020 in NewBurgh, Ind. The family, from left, Onya Rhoades, Lexi Rhoads, 3, Dylan Rhoades, 5, Kaitlyn Helmbrecht, 2, James Helmbrecht and Del Mayes were separated by a window glass on May 6, 2020 in Newburgh, Ind. The 92-year-old is a COVID-19 survivor.

Alice Mayes, 92, is visited by her family at Signature HealthCARE on May 6, 2020 in NewBurgh, Ind. The family, from left, Onya Rhoades, Lexi Rhoads, 3, Dylan Rhoades, 5, Kaitlyn Helmbrecht, 2, James Helmbrecht and Del Mayes were separated by a window glass on May 6, 2020 in Newburgh, Ind. The 92-year-old is a COVID-19 survivor. Denny Simmons, Evansville Courier & Press

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Members of the National Nurses United stand among 88 pairs of empty shoes representing nurses that they say have died from COVID-19 while demonstrating in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. The union is protesting during Nurses' Week to demand that their employers and the federal government 'provide safe workplaces by providing optimal personal protective equipment (PPE), safe staffing, presumptive eligibility for workers compensation benefits and more' during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Jurek Williamson, the owner of King’s Temple Barber Shop in Memphis, Tenn. cuts the hair of Dashawn Whiting, 16, on May 6, 2020, the first day he is able to reopen his shop during Phase 1 of the city’s plan to restart the economy after it was shuttered over fears stemming from spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (Via OlyDrop)No need for social distancing on this day at the Whippy Dip ice cream stand in Erie, Pa. on May 5, 2020. Ed Beck, center, walks across the white X's placed six feet apart to help customers practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.With senators practicing social distancing Justin Walker testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.A sign in a store window at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Ind., lets customers know they are still temporarily closed on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Lisa Ford, right, of Kyle, gets her temperature checked by Margaret Capulin before entering EVO Entertainment on Monday. The movie theater in Kyle, Texas reopened Monday after Gov. Greg Abbott last week lifted the shelter in place order and allowed retail stores, restaurants and some other businesses to open to the public at no more than 25% capacity. The band Hypnotik performs out of a garage in a Northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood, for a social distance concert for neighbors, Saturday, May 2, 2020. The casket of Paul Cary rests in the back of an Ambulnz ambulance at Newark International Airport where his body will be flown back to his home state of Colorado on May 3, 2020. Cary died of complications from COVID-19, he became sick while serving as a volunteer with Ambulnzís State of New York COVID Response team.Dozens donned masks along with scrubs and white coats as the Physicians Action Network held a public rally in support of Dr. Amy Acton at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Doctors stood six feet apart, marked by lengths of rope, to highlight the value of social distancing during the COVID19 pandemic. The rally was a response to protestors of the state's Stay at Home orders who demonstrated outside Acton's home in Bexley on Saturday.A sign in the meat section of Smart and Final in Santa Clarita, Calif., warn customers of a limit on meat purchases May 3, 2020. Shelbi Daniels, left, Dawn Hamilton, center, and Heather Kahle, right, of Bliley Technologies hand out face shields free to the public May 2, 2020 at the Millcreek Township business. Bliley Technologies has been assembling and distributing the COVID-19 face shields that were designed at Penn State Behrend and paid for by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Curtis Sulcer wipes down an escalator for shoppers at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Texas charged into its first weekend of re-opening the economy with residents allowed to go back to malls, restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores in limited numbers.Dressed as the Grim Reaper, Florida Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder talks with reporters after walking the newly opened beach near Destin, Fla on Friday, May 1, 2020. Uhlfelder was protesting the Walton County (Florida) Commission's decision to reopen the county's beaches in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In these circumstances, I can see no rational reason to open our beaches, effectively inviting tens of thousands of tourists back into our community” Uhlfelder said in a news release. “If by dressing up as the ‘Grim Reaper’ and walking our beaches I can make people think and potentially help save a life – that is the right thing to do.” Tymber Bryant, left, and Jackie Baker, with the 228 Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard in Spartanburg, place food in the car of Sterling Crawford of Abbeville, food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at the Department of Social Services Abbeville County Government Buildings in Abbeville, S.C. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Donal Dickens, the Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina said there was enough food for three days for 500 families who drove through, which ran out in two hours.United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Everyday the United States Postal Service employees work and deliver essential mail to customers.Medical workers take in patients outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 01, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are just beginning to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases. The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort prepares to depart Manhattan's West Side to return to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 30, 2020 in New York City. The USNS Comfort, a floating hospital in the form of a Navy ship, is departing New York after the last patient aboard was discharged earlier this week. The Comfort's 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms were deployed to ease pressure on New York hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.Pedestrians walk past a sign in front of the The Anthem, a popular live music venue, displaying a message of support amid the coronavirus pandemic, on April 29, 2020, in Washington, DC.Richard Frady of Hartwell, Georgia, a recovering COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health in Anderson, waves a Phoenix Fire Department engineer Jake Fierros, left, receives a free antibody test for the new coronavirus, administered by Phoenix Fire Department engineer paramedic Johnny Johnson at the Phoenix Fire Department training facility in Phoenix on April 28, 2020. Antibody tests, do not test for the presence of COVID-19 itself, but detect whether someone has the antibodies in their immune system to fight off the virus. Within ten minutes after taking the test that first responder was notified by phone if they tested positive. The tests available to all members of the Phoenix Fire Department were organized by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.A person wears a mask to protect against the coronavirus, votes in the Ohio primary election at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Norwood, a suburb of Cincinnati.A waiter at Gloria's Latin Cuisine in serves up lunch to patrons on the patio in Colleyville, Texas on April 27, 2020.Shelley Craft, owner of The Men's Refinery BarberSpa gives a haircut to Kenneth Gregory at her salon in Augusta, Ga., Friday morning April 23, 2020. Barber Patrick Watkins of Jet Cuts & Styles finishes up a haircut on Darrell Stevens at the reopened barbershop in Athens, Ga, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop is one of the first non-essential businesses in Athens to open following Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement to ease his COVID-19 emergency declaration. Pictures of the Crescent High School graduating class of 2020 are seen in downtown Crescent, Okla., Saturday, April 25, 2020. The pictures were hung to recognize the senior class that doesn't know what their graduation ceremony will look like. Vehicles line up to receive food during a donation drive by World Central Kitchen in the parking lot of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Baltimore. World Central Kitchen conducted its food relief operation during the coronavirus outbreak to help relieve food insecurity faced by Baltimore's vulnerable communities, at the request of Governor Larry Hogan.Eric Jones, 15, bowls as his dad, Heath, watches in the backyard of their Oklahoma City home, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Health and his son Eric built a bowling lane in their backyard so that Eric, a competitive bowler, could continue to bowl while bowling alleys are closed. Edwar Johnson works on making protective masks in Warren, Mich., Thursday, April 23, 2020. General Motors has about 400 workers at the now-closed transmission plant in suburban Detroit.Caskets of Muslims who have passed away from the coronavirus are prepared for burial at a busy Brooklyn funeral home on the first day of Ramadan on April 24, 2020 in New York. Like the majority of New York City funeral homes, services that deal with the dead in New York's Muslim communities have been overwhelmed with the large number of deceased. Around the world, Muslims are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan under severe restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. New York City, which has been the hardest hit city in America from COVID-19, is starting to see a slowdown in hospital visits and a lowering of the daily death rate from the virus.Cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank's mobile food pantry at the Maverik Center, Friday, April 24, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. As coronavirus concerns continue, the need for assistance has increased, particularly at the Utah Food Bank.Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander, leads a session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Oregon for residents sheltering in their apartments during the COVID-19 shutdown Tuesday April 21, 2020. The staff of the senior housing center have modified some of the regular routines for residents, staging activities like morning stretches and aerobic opportunities while still observing social distancing protocols.Sheila Parr and her daughters Violet Cann, left, 7, and Stella Cann, 5, donate food and toilet paper to the Little Free Library on Princeton Drive in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday April 21, 2020. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the book exchange boxes around the U.S. are being repurposed as sharing boxes with free food and toilet paper. The Paterson fire department COVID-19 EMS unit responds to a call for a person under investigation of having the coronavirus on April 16, 2020. Paterson has one of the highest coronavirus caseloads in N.J., with about 3,000 residents testing positive, according to New Jersey health officials. Fadia Joseph volunteers at a Central Texas Food Bank drive-through distribution at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2020. About 100 volunteers distributed nonperishable food and toiletries to thousands of people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.People wait in line at a Central Texas Food Bank drive-through distribution at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2020. About 100 volunteers distributed nonperishable food and toiletries to thousands of people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Alma Cropper, 84, left, is given a coronavirus test near her vehicle at a walk-up testing center, April 20, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. According to the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, the testing site began with a limited number of tests for people with symptoms on Monday.People wait in line for a coronavirus test at one of the new walk-in COVID-19 testing sites that opened at the located in the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in the Bronx Section of New York on April 20, 2020.A deserted 42nd Street is seen in midtown New York on April 19, 2020 during the COVID-19, coronavirus epidemic.A woman wearing a face mask to protect herself from the coronavirus carries balloons for a birthday party on April 18, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.Delcia Dias (left) and Monica Dias celebrate the beaches opening on a limited basis during the coronavirus pandemic Friday, April 17, 2020 on Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for activities such as walking, running, surfing, swimming, fishing and other activities. No sunbathing or sitting is allowed.A pedestrian uses a face cover while walking in downtown Durham, N.C., Friday, April 17, 2020. Gov. Roy Cooper's stay-home orders remain in effect as the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak in the state according to some hospitals.IMPD cadets salute during a traditional 10-42 end of duty call for IMPD Officer Breann Leath, Thursday, April 16, 2020. A mourner attends the funeral of Saul Sanchez, a longtime JBS employee that died of the coronavirus disease, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Greeley, Colo. on Apr 15, 2020.As masks became harder to get, hospitals began looking for ways to re-use them. Dan Cates demonstrates how used N95 masks will be placed onto plastic racks to be sterilized by a robot utilizing ultraviolet light at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.Mike Lane, a gas station attendant, tries to protect himself the best way he can to avoid the coronavirus while working at a Sunoco in Ridgefield Park, N.J. on April 15, 2020. NJ is the only state with full service gas in the country.To reduce the number of times a patient's room door is opened and the amount of personal protective equipment required, nurses in the intensive care unit of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital communicate through a window with an erasable whiteboard from a COVID-19 patient's room on April 14, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.This trio finds ample room to walk through a Rochester, N.Y. neighborhood on April 14, 2020 while following social distancing protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.A woman gestures to a child in a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus to pose for a photograph with the Rocky statue outfitted with mock surgical face mask at the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia, April 14, 2020.Finn, Thunder and Lego at the window of Ronald Boik visiting him as their owner Nicole George holds their leashes at the Cedar Woods Assisted Living in Belleville, Michigan on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Nicole and Tim George brought their three alpacas, Thunder, Finn and Lego to the nursing home to brighten up the day for some of the 110 residents that live there. Nozmi Elder, 70 of Dearborn and owner of Cedar Woods Assisted Living said most of the residents have been confined to their rooms for the past three weeks as precautions for the Coronavirus and thought the site of alpacas visiting them would lift their spirits.Lisa Chamblee buys produce at Concord Market in Anderson, S.C. April 9, 2020. The market sells food and plants from local sources and is selling well according to the business.People wait in their cars Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Traders Village for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution. The need for emergency food aid has exploded in recent weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic.A man wearing a mask walks by St. John's United Methodist Church COVID-19 Cross of Hope in Anderson, S.C. on April 9, 2020. The cross with royal blue ribbons for each diagnosed person in South Carolina started when there were 450 cases, but as the cross was placed in front of the church Thursday morning, the cases in South Carolina are at 2,552 with 63 deaths. Sandra Cooley waves from her window to the Easter Bunny as he visits Crimson Village assisted living community Thursday, April 9, 2020. The bunny came from Amediysis, a home health, hospice care and personal care company that serves Crimson Village. The bunny stayed outside the building to ensure safety from COVID-19 exposure to the residents. United Airlines' Terminal C is nearly empty at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. on April 9, 2020. Rabbi Dean Shapiro (left) of Temple Emanuel in Tempe, angles his laptop so others online can see their Seder plate as Shapiro's partner, Haim Ainsworth and their son, Jacob Shapiro-Ainsworth, 11, look on, as they participate in an online Seder during the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover at their home in Tempe on April 8, 2020. The Seder which included members from Temple Emanuel was being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.First Responders gathered outside of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. on April 8, 2020, to applaud the doctors, nurses and staff for the hard work they are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.Nurses in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital don personal protective equipment before entering the room of a patient suspected of having coronavirus April 8 in Leonardtown, Md.A whimsical display fashioned like giant high-demand toilet paper rolls draws attention to Hub City Smokehouse's curbside service on Main Street in historic downtown Crestview, Fla. on April 7, 2020.A woman looks for a director after voting at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day.In Austin, Texas, on April 6, 2020.Austin High School seniors and best friends, clockwise from top left, Brooke Peterman, 17, Maddy McCutchin, 18, Lucia Saenz, 17, Reese Simek, 18, and Lily Tickle, 18, visit with each other in the parking lot at the school in Austin, Texas, on Sunday April 5, 2020. In the midst of a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the girls sat in the back of their cars to chat at a safe distance.

Austin High School seniors and best friends, clockwise from top left, Brooke Peterman, 17, Maddy McCutchin, 18, Lucia Saenz, 17, Reese Simek, 18, and Lily Tickle, 18, visit with each other in the parking lot at the school in Austin, Texas, on Sunday April 5, 2020. In the midst of a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the girls sat in the back of their cars to chat at a safe distance. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman / USA TODAY Network

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A customer leaves Vagabond Coffee on Edgewood Avenue with his takeout order as the marque on the Murray Hill Theater offered positive words in light of the closings around Jacksonville, Fla and the rest of the country in the effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus Saturday, April 4, 2020. Over 3,000 vehicles made their way to the parking lot of Nelson Field at Reagan Early College High School in northeast Austin to pick up to a 30-pound box of food April 4, 2020. President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank in Austin, Texas. Becky Kops, right, uses a picker to hand her friend, Dajen Bohachek, a present as friends of Bohachek, of Bayside, held a social distance drive by birthday party for her during the coronavirus to celebrate her 44th birthday in Bayside, Wis. on Friday, April 3, 2020. The group decorated their vehicles at the Fox Point Village Hall before heading to Bohachek’s home to celebrate from the road. The stay at home order and the necessity to stay socially distant from each other has inspired creative ways for people to connect. An Arlington County employee speaks with a woman at a drive-thru donation point created to collect unused and unopened personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and some food items to help people responding to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, in Arlington, Virginia on April 3, 2020.Lorena Dominguez, a campus operations specialist at the IDEA Rundberg charter school in Austin, Texas, teaches math to kindergartener Reighan Holzkamp, 6, on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Ten children of first responders and essential workers are being taught at the school amid the coronavirus pandemic. The beach in Walton County, Fla sits nearly empty on March 31, 2020 following a mandated closure by the Walton County Commission. A body wrapped in plastic is prepared to be loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue by medical workers due to COVID-19 concerns, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Oculus Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center in Manhattan was all but empty March 30, 2020 as the stores that ring the site are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.State Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Dist. 44, wears gloves as he holds his hand to his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, as legislators convene in a limited number while exercising social distancing, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., March 31, 2020. They assembled briefly on the last day bills could be introduced during the legislative session.Medical personnel take people out of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin Tenn. As of Sunday, 74 residents and 33 staff members at the facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Bill Lee. People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus.A postal service carrier dons gloves as he delivers mail in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2020.Workers set up a camp in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital inside Central Park on March 29, 2020 in New York City.Gary Meyer, owner of Friedrichs Coffee, throws a bag of coffee into a car window at Friedrichs Coffee in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Meyer spent Saturday morning giving free bags of coffee to residents to help pull the community together as residents spend more time isolated in their homes due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.Nurses stand on a hill outside the emergency entrance to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020, as they demonstrate with members of the New York Nursing Association in support of obtaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for those treating coronavirus patients. A member of the New York nursing community died earlier in the week at another New York hospital. The city leads the nation in the number of coronavirus cases. Nurses say they are having to reuse their protective equipment endangering patients and themselves.A lone traveler enters an empty baggage claim area in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Mar. 27, 2020. Airlines are reducing flights due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.Teacher Julie Dannenmueller holds her sign for the students with the help of the Caped Crusader as teachers from Bluewater Elementary school have a parade through their school’s neighborhoods to sat “hi” to their homebound students on March 27, 2020 in Niceville, FL.Robert Becker walks his dogs while carrying a .410 bore shotgun as a precaution due to the new coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio.A general view of a lock on the main entrance gate on what was supposed to be opening day between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tom Giesfeldt, of Milwaukee walks his his dogs in an empty Miller Park parking lot on what would have been the Milwaukee Brewers opening day game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus. Kate Madsen, 6, displays her drawing in her window in hopes that it would cheer her neighbors up on March 25, 2020 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Madsen and her first-grade classmates are learning remotely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Robert Frost Elementary School. The 6-year-old says she misses her teachers, friends and art class.A hospital worker checks the temperature of a coworker at a pedestrian walkway at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas on March 25, 2020, where almost all visitors have been prohibited amid the coronavirus outbreak.Lori Glazer of Ossining, N.Y. rides an empty Metro-North train in to New York City during the morning rush hour March 25, 2020. Glazer is a registered nurse in the Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She says that riding the empty trains is surreal and that it's scary going into the city because A low number of vehicles travel on a normally busy Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee on March 24, 2020. Scores of businesses will close for a month under a new order from Gov. Tony Evers aimed at keeping people in their homes to limit the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin.Mail carrier Jasmine Armstrong wears a mask while delivering the mail in Peekskill, N.Y. March 23, 2020. Armstrong says the the postal service supplies gloves and a mask, and she is maintaining the recommended six feet from others in order to avoid being exposed to the Covid-19 virus.Austin school district continues to provide free meals to students and parents during the 2019-2020 school year, despite the pandemic.Joze Sola waves through a window to his 70-year-old mother, who lives at a senior citizens center in North Austin, Texas, on March 22, 2020.Shakaira Brooks and scores of other people wait in line with appropriate social distancing for the 8 a.m. opening of the H-E-B in the Tanglewood Village Shopping Center in South Austin on Sunday March 22, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.Daily routines must continue, Sammy Irizarry of Passaic, wears a mask and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 while washing his clothes at Tri-City Laundromat on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Irizarry has preexisting health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure and is still working.Signs block the paths to the beach at the Okaloosa Island, Florida, Boardwalk, Saturday, March 21, 2020, as beach closure orders are in effect for Walton and Okaloosa Counties in the Northwest Florida panhandle.Times Square in Manhattan was far emptier than usual for a Saturday afternoon March 21, 2020. Coronavirus concerns have closed almost all businesses and kept most New Yorkers indoors.A Wayne State medical professional particiaptes in the Detroit Regional COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Program as she prescreens a first responder Friday, March, 20, 2020 before they are tested for COVID-19. Wayne State with the help of the DPD funneled traffic one way down Brush Street from the I-75 service drive to tents set up in a lot at 2900 Brush Street in Detroit.A man walks through a nearly empty Oculus transportation hub in lower Manhattan on March 20, 2020 in New York City.Health care workers screen patients who will be tested for COVID-19 at the FoundCare drive-thru testing station in Palm Springs, Fla., on March 19.Director of the Georgia Esoteric & Molecular Laboratory (GEM) Dr. Ravindra Kohle holds a vial containing a possible coronavirus sample before it is tested at the GEM lab at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Thursday morning March 19, 2020.A closed sign posted at Knotz Hair Studio, one of the several businesses closed in New Rochelle, NY due to the coronavirus pandemic, March 19, 2020.Empty cheese and dairy shelves greet customers at the Stop & Shop in Cross County Center in Yonkers, March 18, 2020.Jordan Cook of Anderson Interfaith Ministries Hunger Ministries, gets ready to load a car in the drive-through during food pantry hours in Anderson, S.C., March 18, 2020.Ashley Layton, an LPN at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, communicates with a person before taking a swab sample at a special outdoor drive-thru screening station for COVID-19 coronavirus in Meridian, Idaho on March 17, 2020.Kenny Scott, 4 walks with his mother Kayla Hutchinson and sisters after they picked up their grab-and-go lunch and snack at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla. on MArch 17, 2020. Duval County Schools started handing out grab-and-go lunches and snacks at neighborhood schools around the city , March 17, 2020 to continue the meals that students would have been getting had school been in session.A man with a face mask stands on the subway station on March 17, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.The State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. has closed due to the coronavirus along with other venues in Virginia.A medical team prepares to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of FoundCare, federally qualified health center in West Palm Beach, Fla. on March, 16, 2020.A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus,, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. A normally packed Cross County Parkway in Yonkers, NY carries very light traffic as seen March 16, 2020 at 7:25 a.m.Passengers wearing masks walk through the arrivals area at the Tim Bradley International Terminal at LAX in Los Angeles on March 15, 2020.Even for a typically slow Sunday afternoon Grand Central Terminal in New York City was quieter than usual March 15, 2020 as Coronavirus concerns kept travelers and tourists off the streets and away from popular destinations in the city. Cars line up for a drive through testing center for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Denver Coliseum on Mar 14, 2020.People stand outside the gates of Disneyland Park on the first day of the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks as fear of the spread of coronavirus continue, in Anaheim, California, on March 14, 2020.

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