NEW YORK (AP) — In journalism, when we’re trying to explain a complicated story, we often start with raw data. How many? How much? How long? How far?
I decided to use this same approach to document my life during the lockdown.
I began working from home in mid-March. Since then, I have left my one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood only for exercise and to buy groceries and other necessities.
As someone who is generally a homebody, lockdown really hasn’t been much of a hardship for me. If you’re lucky enough to still have your job, lockdown has its opportunities. You take up a new hobby, learn a new skill or get those projects done that you’ve been putting off.
Kilowatt hours I used in the May-June 2020 billing cycle, the first month that I worked from home while using the air conditioner: 352
Percentage change year-over year: +102.3
Number of steps I took on an average day in 2019: 5,092
Number of steps I took on an average day in June 2020: 1,162
Percentage change: -77.2
Number of times I went to the gym between the time I joined in early January and when it closed in mid-March: 25
Number of pounds I lost during that time: 7.8
Number of pounds I’ve gained since then: 10.8
Number of times I’ve taken money out of an ATM: 1
Number of times I’ve used cash to pay for something other than to fill the card needed to operate the laundry machines in my apartment building: 1
Number of episodes in a lecture series on the Black Death that I added to my Amazon Prime Video queue thinking it was a two- or three-part documentary: 24
Number of those half-hour lectures that I watched: 24
Rank of reading books among the leisure activities I hoped to do more of during lockdown: 1
Number of books I have purchased on my Kindle since lockdown began: 3
Number of those books I have read in their entirety: 1
Number of pairs of shoes that I own: 6
Number I have worn during lockdown: 1
Number of cloth masks that I own: 2
Number of cloth masks I tried to make: 1
Number of those attempts that were successful: 0
Number of weeks I let my beard grow when the lockdown began: 7
Cost of a beard trimmer I bought on Amazon (probably while I was watching the lecture series on the Black Death): $22.99
Number of times I used it to trim my beard: 1
Number of times I used it to shave off most of my beard before finishing the job with a razor: 1
Virus Diary, an occasional feature, showcases the coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of Associated Press journalists around the world. Dave Clark is the mobile editor at The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dclark5