Most of us understand Covid is a serious disease with death a genuine possibility. However, we view our friends and family as decent people who shower, brush their teeth, don’t have body odor, and maintain their homes as well as they can. If we think with our gut instead of our brain we wonder how they could give us Covid? Ditto for ourselves. If we’re feeling fine, we are fine or just have a cold. It is particularly difficult when a person with those views invites others to events, putting people in the awkward position of explaining a lack of trust the event is safe.
Understandably, it will be particularly difficult with the holidays upon us to make tough decisions. Grandparents will be craving to play itchy-gitchy-goomie with their adorable little grandchildren. We all look forward to sharing holiday cheer with our loved ones, but is it worth the risk? Medical scientists don’t think so without quarantines and Covid tests. Thank goodness for online meetings.
This difficulty is why some people have formed bubbles to retain some social contact at low risk. If carefully formed, the risk can be minimized. However, too many people do not understand that this does not mean multiple bubbles: one for neighbors, one for work mates, one for relatives, one for playing sports, etc. Because of something similar to the seven degrees of separtion theory, bubbles should not overlap and be kept small. Bubble members should share their habits, and agree on the rules inside and outside of the bubble. In most cases, social distancing and mask wearing should still be practiced. Consider the diagram below of overlapping bubbles. Imagine yourself as the dot in the bottom right bubble, and someone with Covid labeled C in the bottom left bubble. You may have never heard of person C, but someone in your bubble is only 4 steps away from him or her.
I know we are all weary of masks, not attending fun events, avoiding shopping indoors, but with vaccines and a new administration determined to contain Covid, there is hope the end is in sight.