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In Photos: What Life In The U.S. Looks Like Amid COVID-19

From California, New York, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Kat Mangahas Ferrer, (RIGHT) Eunice Lucero-Lee
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At the end of April, the U.S. reported over one million confirmed cases of COVID-19, making one-third of the number of cases worldwide. On May 1, the country recorded its highest number of coronavirus-related deaths per day: 2,909. This is especially alarming because government officials have been contemplating whether or not the country could start reopening specific parts of their economy. Right now, there are pretty strict rules about staying at home, and Cosmopolitan Philippines asked people who currently live in different parts of the U.S. to submit photos of their daily lives and neighborhoods.  

California

Los Angeles (by Lara Estrada)

It's perfect beach weather in LA, but the coastline is completely empty! LARA ESTRADA
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Local parks and playgrounds are all closed, marked with yellow tape and cones so that people don’t break the rules. LARA ESTRADA

At the grocery store, everyone has masks on and people seem cautious to get close to others. There’s usually a long line outside, but inside, it’s actually not crowded, which is nice. LARA ESTRADA
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In Downtown LA, this view would usually include a cloud of smog among the skyscraper buildings. Since everyone is at home and there’s much less driving, the skies have become much clearer. DIANA TSUCHIDA


Los Angeles (by Levana Rapadas)

This is 405, also known as one of the busiest freeways in California at rush hour. The normal traffic here is like EDSA. If you leave at 7:00 a.m., you’d be late to your 9:00 a.m. job. It used to take me an hour and 30 minutes to get to work for my 7:00 p.m. shift. Now, I can leave the house by 6:15 a.m. and still get there by 6:45 a.m. LEVANA RAPADAS
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This is the elementary school right by my house. Usually, when I come home from work, it’ll be filled with students playing. LEVANA RAPADAS


Livermore (by Lana Ferrer Juan)

My niece celebrated her birthday recently. Her celebration was done through a drive-by birthday party with all her friends and family. LANA FERRER JUAN
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I work as a teacher and the Governor ordered distance learning to continue until end of year and not returning to school. In distance learning, you draft up lessons that you'll normally teach in class then you send them to your students. You give them packets to work. It’s pretty much still teaching, except that everything is done online. LANA FERRER JUAN
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San Francisco (by Shannon Smith-Sucato)

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the gateway to San Francisco, usually sees over 112,000 vehicles per day —not to mention the tourists who walk across the bridge. SHANNON SMITH-SUCATO


The Financial District of San Francisco has a population of over 9,000 covering just under one square mile. It holds the city's largest concentration of banks, law firms, insurance companies, real estate firms, and other financial institutions. Today, it is abandoned. SHANNON SMITH-SUCATO
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It was once said that Alcatraz was one of the most agonizing prisons because the waters of the Bay would carry the sounds of laughter and fun coming from one of the biggest tourist spots in San Francisco, Pier 39. SHANNON SMITH-SUCATO

New York (by Eunice Lucero-Lee)

Usually bustling with the brisk goings-on of the lunchtime finance crowd, midtown Manhattan is nearly empty as businesses shift to working from home amidst a statewide stay-at-home order. EUNICE LUCERO-LEE
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Bunches of spring blooms near Grand Central Station are the only signs of life on the once-busy Park Avenue. EUNICE LUCERO-LEE

Anxious about waiting in line alongside throngs of people? Trader Joe's makes it easier to follow the mandatory six-feet of social distancing required with helpful curbside hints, where patrons are to wait to be let in as part of an in-store crowd-control measure. EUNICE LUCERO-LEE
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One of many business and chain closures in the food industry affected by the pandemic lockdown. New Yorkers are now being urged to support local restaurants via takeout and delivery and by using services like Seamless, Grubhub, and Postmates for food orders. EUNICE LUCERO-LEE

Virginia

Fairfax (by Kat Mangahas Ferrer)

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This is what the new normal looks like on a sunny day in Fairfax, Virginia. Buildings are closed and corporate employees are working from home. KAT MANGAHAS FERRER

Here you can see a mall parking lot closed and empty. KAT MANGAHAS FERRER
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Washington D.C. (by Kat Mangahas Ferrer)

These days, you can only see a few locals getting some fresh air. Tourist attractions, including museums, in Washington D.C. are closed as well. KAT MANGAHAS FERRER

Georgetown is known for being a shopping district with a strip of restaurants. Now, it looks more like a ghost town leaving most businesses closed. KAT MANGAHAS FERRER
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Alexandria (by Darryl Ferrer)

Old Town Alexandria, a city in the state of Virginia, is a city with a mixture of mom-and-pop stores and a boardwalk. This used to be pretty busy area but now it’s practically empty. DARRYL FERRER
Unlike in the Philippines, there’s no liquor ban here. Some liquor stores have restricted hours while some have temporarily closed. The sign on the shop says “Wine 50% Off.” DARRYL FERRER
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Illinois

(by Katrina Gamilla)

This downtown area near a train station usually has a lot of people. KATRINA GAMILLA

The downtown area is now very quiet. KATRINA GAMILLA
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Photos were submitted in April 2020. Visit reportr.world for more COVID-19 stories.