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Grandma Gives Her View of the Coronavirus by: Amma Fogler

Updated on April 27, 2020

My grandma, Judith Buist, a 79-year-old woman who lives in San Francisco California, has shared her view and personal impact of covid-19 with me.


Judith, or Jujie, has had to put socialization on hold. For her this means not going to the gym, grocery store, etc. Jujie is also a tap dancer, but thanks to covid-19, she has had to put this passion on hold.


Jujie likes to walk her dog, Opie, every day; luckily this is still allowed. Her other passion is sculpting which she can happily continue from the safety of her home.


Jujie is also suffering from insomnia for fear of covid-19.


Jujie’s dad was born in 1908 and it is very likely that he had a mild flu around the time 1918. Years later, Jujie’s dad got Parkinson's disease. There is a chance that if you got the flu back then you might have a higher risk of getting Parkensens’s when you were older.


When Jujie was a child polio was a big deal. Tons of people were dying from it, and there wasn't a cure or vaccine yet. Although she never got polio, she had to take precautions. Her family used to swim in a lake every summer, and one year they couldn’t for fear that the virus was in the water. They were all advised not to swim.


Jujie did get chickenpox as a kid but doesn't remember much about it.


The traits Jujie wants to see in a president are, honesty, inspiration,

organization, good judgment and a belief for humanity.

Jujies favorite president was Obama because he is “very sexy” and intelligent.


Jujie is on Medicare through Kaiser. She has been with Kaiser for about 20 years. When she turned 65 she switched to Medicare, but nothing changed except the government was now paying for it. She had the same doctors and the same clinic.


I really enjoyed interviewing Jujie because a lot of us still have to do school or work from home, and since Jujie is retired I got to understand how she spent her time and how she is coping with being quarantined.


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