In Canada, we kind of thought all this COVID stuff was coming to an end. We bent the Hell out of the curve and our numbers were way down – less than a case of day from the mid-sized city I live in.
We were still told to wear masks and socially distance, but it seemed less urgent. Each week brought new things opening up. We’re back in our rock climbing gym, the art gallery opened, we had dinner in a restaurant last weekend and have been having drinks at outdoor patios for weeks.
Things felt more normal.
But we were fooling ourselves a little. Like virtually everywhere else in the world, as soon as we started coming back into the world, the COVID numbers started creeping up again, to worrying levels.
We had – early in the crisis – been pretty vigilant in forming as small bubble of people we would see. For months, they were our only real, in person, social contact. We saw a lot of them, and we learned a lot from that. Things that can probably be applied to this next stage of – very sadly – bubbling that may be needed.
- I’ll start with a controversial one. Bubble early but deeply. From the very start of the first lockdown we ‘bubbled’ with one other family and we had zero social distancing rules. We spent time in one another’s houses, we hugged and kissed when greeting one another, we shared food. In our minds, and I’m pretty sure we were right, it was way important to limit the number of people you had contact with than it was to limit the level of contact. The way we saw it, if one of us got the virus we all would.. and we were accepting of that
- This one goes with out saying. Choose people you really, really like. These may be the only people you see face to face for months
- Also, choose people you really trust to socially distance from others. You are taking risks with these people and you need to know they will look out for your safety
- Choose people who will continue to be interesting to you. These are tough times and its easy to fall into a funk. Your friends can help bring your out of it. My birthday fell part way through the pandemic. Our bubbled friends managed to pull off the funnest, most creative birthday. It would have been an A+ in normal times. For COVID times it was an A+++
- Set yourself up to maintain other virtual connections. You dont want to get sick of your bubble-mates. See other people virtually.
COVID, aside from being dangerous, is a pain in the ass. Bubble well and you can get through it.