Amiee Chosay, a Michigan mother of two and grandmother of two, has had enough of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m ready to take this virus out,” Amiee Chosay, a mid-Michigan mother of two, told The ‘Gander.
Chosay, who started the pandemic working at a bank, described working with people during the early months of COVID as scary.
“We were still letting everyone in the branch to do their banking and there were no masks or anything,” she said. “At the time, for all we knew, it could be spread by money.”
Not knowing was the hardest part. It was not knowing if you had COVID-19, if those around you were infected, or if you could spread the virus to your friends and loved ones.
“I was extremely paranoid I would bring it home to my family,” she said. “After all the stay-at-home mandates were in effect, I remember being shocked at how many people ignored it. Scared and shocked was basically how I felt.”
Being an essential worker during the pandemic was “terrifying” at times, Chosay said.
“We knew nothing about this virus at first except you could have it and be giving it to your family without even knowing it,” she said. “I went three months without seeing my granddaughters, and when I finally could we were still scared I’d give it to them because I work in public.
“It was awful,” she continued. “But somehow, I made it through the pandemic without having COVID, which makes me one of the lucky ones.”
In August, Chosay switched jobs and began working at a local gift shop. But she said her concerns still persisted. Coworkers and customers were generally nice, and most followed measures that were put in place to keep people safe, but general anxiety continued.“
We had a little better knowledge on how to protect ourselves, but once again, I’m working directly with the public and if the store was crowded I would feel anxious,” she said.
The pandemic has made many people across Michigan anxious. The virus has been confirmed in more than 1 million people, according to state data. At Henry Ford Health System, 79% of COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, according to a WXYZ report. Hospital beds were at 95% capacity as of mid-September.
Still, there is hope through the emergence of vaccines. Three COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective, and already more than 68% of Michiganders 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The state is allowing people as young as 12 to get their vaccination shots, and for Chosay, who is vaccinated and said she will get a booster shot when able, she is hopeful that soon younger people will be able to get their vaccinations, too.
“I would mandate it if I could,” Chosay said.