I had a dream about COVID and being exposed — my first during this pandemic, if you can believe it (or at least the first one that I remember).
The state’s positivity rate is up to 7-9% and I continue to be surprised I (we) haven’t gotten it yet. Every day I have clinic, I see another patient who had it or whose family was impacted by it.
I just hope our luck can continue until a vaccine is available!
For posterity, here is my personal current COVID “policy” for our family:
Outdoor public playdates (ie, at outdoor gardens or the beach – lots of space for kids to spread out), with masks
Going to doctors’, dentist, and other similar appointments (again, with masks).
Going to stores, with masks
Going to work on patient care days, with masks & face shield
Sending kids to school where masks & social distancing practices are in place (though G does not stay masked at school — even though she has been pretty good about doing it at other venues. Working on that esp now that she is turning 3.)
Allowing kids to play outdoor sports, though I am not super thrilled about masks not staying on the whole time (C is doing soccer)
PS: My usual day to day mask is a surgical mask with a cloth mask layered on top. This is the most comfortable for me, and I do not have enough N95 masks to wear all the time. If I am in a particularly high risk situation I will use an N95 (ie, seeing a patient being ruled out for COVID).
Not going to be doing until we are out of the pandemic woods:
(hopefully due to an effective vaccine at some point!)
Sending kid to school with runny nose. (Because I definitely don’t anyone ELSE sending their kid in with a runny nose!!!! Runny noses are now like . . basically a life bomb.)
Eating with anyone other than immediate family in close proximity, indoors or outdoors. Just . . . doesn’t seem worth it. (Josh eats in the hospital cafeteria which has plexiglass and distancing but I have no desire. When I’m at work, I go to my office & shut the door.)
Gatherings even if outdoors where there is eating/drinking (things get loud –> mask is off to drink wine or whatever–> people talking loudly at each other –> VIRAL PARTICLES FLYING EVERYWHERE). Maybe not, but this is what I imagine and it’s just not appealing. Plus, having to corral the kids in a COVID environment where there isn’t room for them to truly run around = no. Finally, for me the whole thing would be stressful and wouldn’t that completely defeat the purpose of said event? Just no.
Family gatherings. I could envision something very small & outdoors but then keeping Viva away from others would be challenging & I feel like there is a greater than 0% chance she could give someone with very high risks COVID, which is greater than acceptable.
Air travel. Sad, but no. Esp with kids, too risky.
Cruises. Did you know we had one planned for Aug 2021? HA! Not happening. Hoping for 2022.
Basically anything where the stress of keeping the kids away from others outweighs the benefits of the gathering (ie, most social things even outside)
I recognize that my behaviors may sound risky to some and overly paranoid to others. (Please do not attack me or each other in the comments!) Also, please note the above are not based on any official rules or guidelines, but just what I continue to glean & read from various sources (NPR, Emily Oster, Infectious Disease/Immunology people I work with). I hope I can look back at this list in ~2 years and think “WOW THAT WAS A VERY INTERESTING TIME!”