Hernandez tested positive for the coronavirus. The next several weeks were a bit of a daze, she recalled. She isolated herself in the master bedroom upstairs, while her family left food outside the door.

In total, she stayed inside the bedroom for about seven weeks.

“It was an experience that I don’t wish upon anybody. Because this thing instead of getting you guys closer to your family, it’s getting us far apart,” she said. “It’s very hard.”

Her family members, including her mom, thankfully didn’t get COVID-19. But Hernandez said she still worries about bringing the virus back home now that she’s recovered and gone back to work. She said many of her day-to-day interactions with her mother have changed since the start of the pandemic.