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Fear and COVID in Simi Valley

Sick with a terrible cough and fever, Katherine Tangalalikis-Lippert describes her life quarantined alone with her dog, Liberty.

“I coughed so hard it made me throw up,” said Katherine Tangalalikis-Lippert, a USC graduate student studying specialized journalism.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Tangalalikis-Lippert has been very sick. Although she tested negative for COVID-19, her nurse told her there is a one-in-three chance the test was wrong.

Tangalalikis-Lippert has stayed put in her cramped apartment to keep from spreading the sickness to anyone else. It’s just her and Liberty, her golden retriever, which is lonely.

“I actually have existing anxiety and depression,” said Lippert. “This social isolation and this sickness and global confusion has exacerbated some of those things and made everything feel a bit heavier.”

Even though the situation is uncertain and full of tragedy, Tangalalikis-Lippert has been able to find hope in seeing humans rally together. She’s found the better side of humanity.

“I think you can turn on any channel, any podcast, any YouTube video and see people doing incredible acts of humanitarian work to try to take care of each other,” said Tangalalikis-Lippert.

“I am grateful to know those things still happen.”