As we start to see covid cases increasing again in Canada and parts of the US that had seemed to have it under control, we’re starting to prep for phase 2. Over the past few days we’ve been getting numerous requests from friends to ‘bubble’ with them in phase 2. Absent clear direction from governments I am left with a few questions:
- Can people ‘bubble’ with more than one other couple as long as we don’t see them all at once? A very close friend – who is a very respected expert in this field and a cautious guy – seems to say that is ok. He and his wife will continue to have friends over for dinners. They will maintain social distance and keep windows open for ventilation. But they will continue to see multiple other families and couples
- How important is socially distancing from those in your tightest bubble? I would like to think we can still have a small, tight bubble where social distancing is not required. One of the things I learned during the first phase of covid is how important human touch is for people and how much they miss it when deprived of it. A good friend – a single woman – went 5 months without touching another person. It may have been good from a virus-prevention perspective – but it almost killed her emotionally. Surely this is not the outcome we are looking for
Having seem the deaths and chaos covid has caused, I am hopeful that people can once again rally to beat the next wave. But it will be hard. We’re exhausted by it.