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I Am So Scared To Stop Social Distancing

Today one of my great friends came by my house with a tasty treat for my family. My husband answered the door in a face mask and she said, “So when are you guys going to be done with this whole quarantine thing?”

And then I realized I didn’t have an answer. I haven’t even stopped to think about it.

I work from home and so does my husband, our daughter is out of school for the summer, and we have no need really to leave the house, but we are bored out of our minds, and my daughter is a teenager, so she wants to hang out with her friends.

At some point we have to leave this house again, at some point we will have to join up with others. Go out to eat, to the movies… something, anything that doesn’t involve sitting in our house all day.

But the plan for that? I don’t really know. I don’t really know when we will feel comfortable leaving, and that’s because I have no idea when it’s safe to leave.

I live in Texas. We’ve been opened up for business a few months, and we’ve seen a spike in Covid cases as a result. Nobody really wears a mask, so you feel super dorky when you do, but we still wear them in the drive thru at Starbucks or whatever.

I guess the real question is, what ARE we waiting for. A vaccine? School to start in the fall? It’s not like some bell is going to sound and the whole world is just going to be Corona free, right?

What about you? Are you still social distancing? How has your life changed? Are you ready to get out in the world?

BT

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I’m lucky enough to live in CT where masks have been mandatory since April and people are pretty good at social distancing in stores. My mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I deliver all her food to her and bring her to doctors so I have been trying to be good. I do hang out with friends but only outside and try to keep distance as much as possible. It is hard though when no one else is staying 6ft from one another anymore and I feel a little on the outside. I sure am tired of it. Lol I also have a teen and she is mad because none of her friends have to stay away. She is allowed to see friends outside but I ask her to stay out of friends cars and houses. I let her go babysit for the first time in months last week but talked to parents first about how they social distance. It will go all out the window if they start school I’m the fall though. Hopefully our numbers in ct stay low.

Lynn

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Tx has been the same everyday with new 300+ cases a day.My husband & I decided for me to quit my job in the Medical field as numbers were rising within my work place to keep our little ones safe.Almost felt selfish at the time with guilt creeping in,but I did what was best to ensure the safety of my family. Days seem to be together all in one, almost feels like a dream,which honestly right now I wish it was. Husband does most of the essential outings & we wear mask when needed. I don’t agree on sending my children back to school so soon, home safe online shall do. Praying for all those affected & for this to be over soon enough.?

Connie

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I’m here in Dallas tx area also and I joke with my coworkers that I’m a hermit. I leave once a week drive to Walmart grocery pickup get my groceries loaded stop at McDonald’s for my son on the way home for his week treat and back home we go. This is our outing a 10 mile round trip no exposure to people. I’m asked when I will. I said do I feel safe nope. Why cause I have preexisting health conditions I have blood clots dessolving. You see on the new where family gave it to family right here in Texas so no I will not go out to eat. No I will not go shopping. If it does not get delivered I currently don’t need it then to keep myself safe

Karrie

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

I am social distancing and I will continue to do so. I am an RN at a large medical institution and we are required to wear masks at all times. Many of us are working from our homes now- due to Covid- and to limit exposure to others and social distance we rotate through and are only occasionally in the office now. Menards is really the only store that requires masks — all of our towns, stores workers , are wearing masks but Menards requires the patrons to wear masks and I wish that they would really make this a rule.— everywhere! This is real this is not a political agenda —-numbers are up in many parts of our state - after partially re- opening—and numbers are up in many states . They initially said that the elderly are the ones dying ! Generally that is not always true now- because —you know what!? The elderly are staying home !! Following the rules! Many victims are now between the ages of 19 and 40 . To the people who say well it wasn’t really Covid that killed them they died of something else —- well—many people live many years with what we call comorbidities high blood pressure obesity, diabetes these people manage this. But when these people get Covid-they just have a cascade of negative things happening in their body and even though they may have died of a stroke or a heart attack or kidney failure they died because they got Covid. This is real this is not going away anytime soon it will resurge in the fall, and unfortunately at least for now life as we knew it is not the same I go out and about but I wear my mask at all times! I always social distance! I do nothing in group settings! I wear a mask - and use sanitizer frequently. Stay safe everyone!

Jsmith

Monday 15th of June 2020

We are in Indiana (our county was hardest hit in IN). We still wear our mask, wipe down our groceries, keep things clean in the house and car, and social distance. We do go to the store or Menards but have not been to mall, shows, groups of people, or a lot of other things people do for fun. Some people here are still taking this very serious and then there are the ones who think wearing a mask and getting in your space is OK. And, that scares me. I need a hair trim and mani pedi but don’t see that happening for a while yet.