The scene around the U.S., and the globe, is that of closures, empty streets, and responsible citizens scurrying from scarce grocery stores back to their cars and homes, or peering from their windows while self-isolating. By now, it is no secret that even young, healthy, or asymptomatic individuals can contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. While some do their part to stem the flux of cases by staying indoors, others must help the cause by calling the CDC to determine if they should be tested. Those who are at high risk and may have been in contact with someone who has the virus, or is experiencing symptoms themselves, should contact the CDC.

But even then, individuals wait days for an appointment at a testing site, like the one seen here at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Like at other sites, people drive through converted open spaces and take a five-minute swab without ever leaving their cars, and return to home quarantine to await results (about three days). While it seems tedious and mundane, this process helps officials track cases and determine the need for medical equipment in the near future. It is how we must all stay safe and do our part to keep our fellow citizens safe. It may seem like a harsh new reality, but this global scene may show us just how much we care about one another, as well.

Photographs taken on March 20, 2020 at the Jones Beach test site in Wantagh, NY:

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