When Did the Pandemic Become Real for You?

A year ago, the United States counted its first known coronavirus-related death. Since then, more than 500,000 Americans have died. No other country has lost as many lives.

Daily life has been upended in countless ways. We wear masks and socially distance when we run errands. Our commutes can mean shuffling from one room to another or braving the outside world in protective gear to avoid exposure. The vacations we were most looking forward to have been repeatedly postponed.

The World Health Organization declared the spread of the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020. But that not might be the date you remember most vividly. For some of us, it was when we were told to start working from home, or when Tom Hanks said he had the coronavirus, or when the N.C.A.A. canceled March Madness. For others, maybe it was the far more sobering time when a loved one got sick.

So we ask, what was the specific moment — or event or person — that made the pandemic feel real to you? We all have different instants when we realized our lives were about to change.

Please share your story using the form below. If your submission is chosen, a Times reporter may be in contact to learn more about your story. Along with your words, we also welcome your photos or videos relating to this moment. These can be portraits, screenshots of texts between family and friends, or photos of everyday objects that have become especially important. Think of it as another opportunity to tell your story.

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