New Brunswick

Anger, loneliness, strength: Lessons we learned about ourselves during the pandemic

As COVID-19 restrictions get peeled back - hopefully for good - in New Brunswick, residents shared how the pandemic affected their lives, and how they think it will shape them as they move on to resuming a more normal life.

New Brunswickers share how the pandemic affected their lives

As restrictions brought on by COVID-19 begin to ease, New Brunswickers shared what they've learned after more than a year of living through a pandemic. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

COVID-19 has been a story of loss.

Lost friends, lost jobs, lost loved ones, lost time, lost opportunities.

Some had it far worse than others, but no one was unaffected by the pandemic and by the strict public health measures New Brunswick adopted to keep case numbers down.

Now as we emerge from the worst of the experience, we ask ourselves if we'll ever be the same again?

There are the broader societal impacts: a shifting economy, a changing workplace (Zoom calls, anyone?), new ways of classroom learning.

And there's what happened inside each of us. A change of perspective, a rethinking of what's important, a new outlook on life.

We asked seven New Brunswickers to tell us how COVID-19 made them think differently about life, and how they'll live life differently as a result of those reflections.

They talked about family, home, anger, confidence, anxiety, struggle and hope.

7 New Brunswickers on how the pandemic changed them

2 years ago
Duration 7:05
We ask New Brunswickers what they've learned from the pandemic and how they'll approach post-pandemic life differently as a result.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacques Poitras

Provincial Affairs reporter

Jacques Poitras has been CBC's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. He grew up in Moncton and covered Parliament in Ottawa for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. He has reported on every New Brunswick election since 1995 and won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the National Newspaper Awards and Amnesty International. He is also the author of five non-fiction books about New Brunswick politics and history.

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