Updated: Apr 10, 2020
Name- Danielle Faitelson (but everyone calls me Dani)
Occupation- actor (also director/ teacher/ writer)
"I didn't think it was as big of a deal as it was. I flew back to Israel just before things got bad, but because the US was about 5 days behind in the social reaction to the virus, coupled with my flying for a day plus a 10 hour time change, I landed in a country that was about 7 days more advanced in restrictions, mentality, and understanding of the virus than where I had just been."
"Seven days in "Coronoa Time" felt like almost a year. So I felt I was treated as if I were a leper; people wouldn't come near me, I wasn't allowed at certain friends' apartments, and I was turned down from staying at a hotel. It was hard not to take personally, but now I understand the reasons behind it. It just proves that the media and a country's leadership is almost solely responsible for its society's response to something like this."
"It's terribly painful to think about those dying in the hospital without any loved ones beside them. I can't imagine leaving a sick friend or family member at the hospital, not ever knowing if I'd ever see them again. It doesn't seem that could ever be a possibility in the year 2020, yet here we are. Once more, the shortage of supplies in the US is terrifying; it's absolutely horrific what some of the medical staff members are being asked to do. I wish there was something more I could do to help."
"I don't think there will ever be a "going back to normal." We are all going to have to create a new normal, together, and it will take time. The fear will not disappear overnight, but I hope that the connectivity found among people around the world by way of the internet will stay and continue to grow and strengthen."
"What keeps me strong? hmmm... Daily workouts. cooking. meditation. funny corona memes. coffee. coloring. writing. painting my nails. over and over again. reorganizing my boyfriend's drawers of crap. tackling projects I never had the time for. reading books i never had the time for. watching shows/movies i never had the time for. calling friends and family i never had the time for. spending time at home or outside on the balcony breathing in the fresh air that i never had the time for. being silent in my own thoughts. knowing this is temporary. staying grateful for the time."
Photography: Eitan Riklis
Text: Danielle Faitelson
© Eitan Riklis Photography 2020