Bizarre, haunting images that paint a COVID-19 pandemic year unfolding

Olivia Grant (right) hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a homemade clothes line during Memorial Day Weekend on May 24, 2020. It is the first time they have had contact of any kind since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown started in late February.
Olivia Grant (right) hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a homemade clothes line during Memorial Day Weekend on May 24, 2020. It is the first time they have had contact of any kind since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown started in late February. (2020 Getty Images)

How do you explain in words the impact that 2020 has left on us, as a global pandemic has raged on?

The answer: You don’t.

There are some things in life that can only be illustrated through images -- quite possibly the best way to truly convey the magnitude of a situation and the emotions it brought.

Admittedly, we know there’s no way to encompass all that COVID-19 has meant for the world in 2020, but these photos, perhaps, begin to scratch the surface in showing the emotional year that health care workers, patients and the world has endured.


Warning: Some images may contain content that depict death.


People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7, 2020 in New York City. The number of global coronavirus infections has now surpassed 100,000, causing disruptions throughout the globe. The airline and travel industries has been especially hard hit by the outbreak, with both business and leisure travelers cancelling plans. (2020 Getty Images)

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