‘Right Now Feels So Long and Without Any End in Sight’

As the reality of an indefinite psychological marathon descended, many journal writers began to count their blessings, in entries tinged with both gratitude and fear.

“There have been a lot of losses in the last months, including transportation on public buses, bike riding as the bike trail is washed-out, the library is closed. … When I hear this could go on for another year, I feel despair. But I’m taking it one day at a time and am grateful that I can pay my bills, have a roof over my head, and so far have figured out how to get food.” — Retired woman in her 70s, from Michigan.

“You can watch things play out in vivo, how people’s internal dialogues shift over time,” said Katherine A. Mason, one of two anthropologists who established the platform.Credit…Philip Keith for The New York Times