For Jennifer Schaerer and her household, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a transfer to southern Utah and an embrace of small-town life.
Different Utahns, responding to a name from The Salt Lake Tribune over electronic mail and social media, additionally shared what’s modified of their lives after a 12 months underneath the pandemic. Carrying masks and dealing from residence had been recurring matters.
For the Schaerers, the pandemic began profitably, as they’d offered an funding property within the first month of lockdown. The cash was going to go towards transforming on their residence in Draper, Jennifer Schaerer mentioned in an electronic mail, “however we occurred to discover a property in Kanab that we thought would develop into a trip rental, in order that’s the place we invested as a substitute.”
The Kanab residence, she mentioned, “grew to become our refuge.” Jennifer and her husband, Marc, and their two youngsters — Catherine, 18, and Max, 14 — ended up spending about 75% of their time there since June.
“As soon as we obtained the cadence of planning forward with bigger grocery runs to Hurricane, about an hour’s drive, and retaining a pantry stuffed with again inventory, we realized we might reside there,” Schaerer mentioned. So that they determined to promote their Draper residence — they’re scheduled to shut on the sale this week — and reside in Kanab.
Elsewhere in Utah, Tribune readers say they’re reaping the advantages of working from residence.
Jacqueline Diviney, who lives in West Valley Metropolis and is a buyer relationship supervisor for an IT service desk, works from residence, “and I now not really feel social stress to depart mentioned residence,” she mentioned.
Cj Wilkinson, a stay-at-home mother of special-needs youngsters in Murray, mentioned the pandemic has taught everybody “precisely who can truly work at home, and who can’t.”
In different phrases, Wilkinson mentioned by way of Fb, “we all know bosses had been simply being jerks to individuals who had sick youngsters, or had been sick themselves, and had been made to ship children to highschool regardless, and made to enter workplaces regardless, to unfold that crap round to everybody else.”
Wllkinson additionally famous what docs have known as a helpful facet impact of measures to forestall the unfold of COVID-19: “Major Youngsters’s Hospital hasn’t admitted a single RSV affected person this season. That’s large! And our pediatrician’s workplace mentioned that is the slowest season they ever had. People, that is miraculous, the chance that COVID gave us to discover ways to do issues just a little higher. Let’s not screw it up the second COVID is over.”
Kristal Zaugg, an intensive care unit nurse dwelling in Orem, is processing what she has skilled this 12 months. “I noticed extra folks die this final 12 months than I feel I ever have working in well being care,” she mentioned.
“As soon as it’s over,” Zaugg mentioned by way of Fb, “I don’t plan on carrying a masks or social distancing if not obligatory, however I do plan on paying extra consideration at hand hygiene and staying residence when feeling underneath the climate.”
JJ Jean Esplin, who lives in Salt Lake Metropolis and works within the psychological well being subject, mentioned that the pandemic “has taught me that some persons are extra egocentric than I’d ever have thought doable. They actually don’t care about anybody else however themselves.”
Extra optimistically, John Hen, a fireplace inspector in Salt Lake Metropolis, mentioned he “was reminded to understand all of the ‘little issues’ in life and reminded how vital respecting science is to the well-being of all humanity.”
In Kanab, the Schaerer mother and father work at home, whereas the youngsters take on-line college — Catherine has been taking common coursework by way of Salt Lake Neighborhood School, and Max is a freshman at Mountain Heights Academy, a web based constitution college. Max is contemplating enrolling in Kanab Excessive Faculty subsequent fall, his mother mentioned.
The Schaerers are planning to put money into extra actual property within the Kanab space. Jennifer Schaerer mentioned they anticipate trip rental homes — by way of apps like AirBnB and VRBO — to achieve recognition with “households who can now journey at extra random occasions.”
The isolation introduced by the pandemic, Schaerer mentioned, “has helped us perceive the worth of intentional connection and the planning that goes into it. Close to or far, we are able to make it occur with high quality, if not amount.”