On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Since then, more than half a million Americans, including more than 15,000 in Georgia alone, have died from COVID-19. Over the past year, just about every aspect of daily life also has changed, from the tragic to the mundane. Between now and March 21, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is publishing several stories chronicling the impact on Atlantans and Georgians — what we've lost, how we've changed, and what we've gained.
Atlantans used COVID lockdown as a time get in shape. There are signs it inspired and gave many people time to get physically active, which could have a positive impact on U.S. health trends.
Dating during the COVID-19 pandemic is more complicated as Georgia singles try to find love while dodging the virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic gave Atlantans time to find new hobbies and creative outlets.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed what Georgia consumers buy and where we spend. As vaccinations become more available and society begins to reopen, the question is, will those new spending patterns stick?
For the many ways in which the pandemic has changed our lives, one of the most visible is how we look.
While travel spending is down, some Americans are still finding ways to get away from it all.
Restaurant takeout became the new normal during the COVID pandemic. So did outdoor dining in winter, fast-food drive-throughs, and retooled menus.
The pandemic has radically changed how people in Atlanta visit family, friends and neighbors. Weddings don't look the same, and neither do dinner parties, birthday parties, anniversaries or just about any other social event.
As churches mark Easter, hope builds for a return to in-person services.