The spread of the I survived 100 virtual school days shirt and by the same token and virus and the isolation that followed has created mental health issues nationwide. For people with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD (the experience of multiple and/or prolonged traumatic events rather than a single incident event), the pandemic had the power to heighten the risk of re-traumatization and exacerbate symptoms. “The abrupt loss of social norms has the potential to activate hypervigilance in many trauma survivors, while also creating a large-scale sense of uncertainty that is characteristic of a global pandemic,” O’Shea Brown explained. I could relate: All of the major pillars of my life began to come apart at the same time. My mother got out of a rehab facility from a fractured pelvis only a few weeks before COVID-19 hit, and the last time I saw her she was in a hospital bed. Then my mother-in-law passed away. My husband retired from a 20-year career as a homicide detective the first week of March and we went for a short visit to Tennessee to be with his father. Suddenly a few days trip became a six-month quarantine, followed by a move out of New York City and to the South. My oldest sister passed away in the summer and I didn’t have a chance to see her or to say goodbye. I needed to cling to the positive aspects of my old life, so EMDR therapy felt more essential than ever.