Welcome to Socially Distant, a place to share anonymous stories, experiences and opinions about the pandemic.

When the pandemic broke, we wanted to do something to help people cope with the unprecedented changes to our daily lives as we all hunkered down and banded together, closing our businesses, churches and schools and taking one for team humanity to stamp out COVID-19.

We were hopeful, and we went along in the spirit of togetherness, community support, and love.

But as we tacitly gave our consent to lockdowns as a public health response strategy without collectively resisting and demanding alternative options, what started as “two weeks to flatten the curve” morphed into “five weeks to slow the spread” and in many parts of the world, “no return to normal until a vaccine is available.”

Whether you vehemently loathe or love the lockdowns, they’re changing our lives in possibly irrecoverable ways at a very rapid pace. However many lives have been lost to SARS-Cov-2, many have also been lost or torn asunder by policy made by a handful of elected civil servants and the continued panic fueled by the din of legacy media.

We want to hear your story, your experiences and your thoughts. We want you to use this site as a tool to change outcomes in your community.

And we want to be a platform for uncensored communication in a world where that is becoming harder and harder to find.

How it works

1. Call or text your story to (951) 963-3643 whenever you experience something you want to share. Make sure you’re in a quiet place. Maximum recording time is 10 minutes.

2. Please start by telling us where you’re calling from. Perhaps you can even paint a picture of your surroundings for anyone who listens. Then share what you want to say.

3. Hang up when you’re finished.

If you’re not sure what to say, answer this one question: How is your life different today as a result of COVID-19?

Call or text as many times as you’d like, whenever.

Call No. 1413

This Week’s Featured Submission

“Hi, and we’re from New York and my boyfriend and me live together. Live together for one month and we practice social distancing for a long time. And this year he’s gonna move to Canada and I’m gonna stay here. And I think um. I think at this moment we’re really thankful for having a job, and be healthy and I hope we can get through it really fast.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 11:09:20 AM EDT

No matter what your experience is, your thoughts and reflections are as important as anyone else’s.

The goal is to gather the broadest range of experiences— birthdays, Zoom calls, live events, births, deaths, hospital visits, canceled graduations—basically anything that reveals how our lives are changing amidst the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and the current social climate.

Someday we’ll look back and reflect on what life was like right now. From mundane moments of extreme boredom to reflections on not being able to hug a family member that tested positive, every contribution has immense value.

If you want to share something but are unsure about what to say, use one of these prompts to guide you:

  • How has your life changed as a result of Covid-19?
  • What is the dominant feeling you have?
  • Describe one day in your life.
  • What’s something that stands out most to you at this time?
  • How has Covid-19 affected your job?

Ready? Call or text “hello” to
(951) 963-3643