As a result, daily events are more likely to be stored in memory as generic representations rather than as individual memories for specific events. The lack of distinctive life events during the lockdown made it difficult for us to retrieve episodic pandemic memories. In the first few weeks of social isolation, participants’ memory improved. Similarly, a Brazilian study found that roughly one-third of their participants reported experiencing worse memory during the pandemic. Therefore, when we attempt to retrieve information from memory, we experience more interference between competing memory traces and worse overall memory.