As the virus drags on, are you relaxing your own standards?

jrsharp21

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Went out to a real restaurant last night for our anniversary dinner. They had patio seating so we took advantage of that, and it was a great weather evening.

Looks like next weekend can be our first travel experience. My son has a baseball tournament in Oklahoma, about a 6.5 hour drive. He has a tournament/showcase event at the end of July in Sanford, FL. We are deciding on if we are going to make the 16 hour drive or fly if we go.
 

disneychrista

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Dec 26, 2002
How long is that, exactly? Everybody has their own degree of risk-tolerance, to be sure and I'm interested in yours and all who make similar comments. What levels/benchmarks/information are you looking for?
Not who you quoted but since I have a similar outlook figured I'd answer.

I don't know but my guess is at least through the summer. I do have some minor risk factors so really don't want to temp fate on if I will be one of the lucky ones or not. We are also opening up pretty much everything as of 3pm today (so in two hours). I'll let others be guinea pigs and see how it goes.

Honestly what I am doing now is not THAT different than pre-COVID. So I am not missing out on my "real" life. So I am okay staying at home for the foreseeable future.
 
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I'm going to continue to let all of you go out and get the virus to build herd immunity. Me and my family will sit tight for as long as needed. My company has not gone back to the office and when we do I can still continue to work from home because I live with someone who is high risk. Would rather live another 50 years than live it up now and die on a ventilator.
I'm willing to wait it out for at least a year. We need 60-70% infection to reach herd immunity. I see cases going up everywhere that has opened. It will continue to go up as people get complacent and travel and infect each other. As long as I can work from home I will continue with my once weekly grocery run and Friday night take out.
We are still booked. Waiting to hear if the cancel so we get our deposit back. Now if my mom changes her mind about her risk I guess I would go. She is the high risk one and is very afraid of getting it.
These statements contradict each other :flower3:
 
  • ronandannette

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    I'm willing to wait it out for at least a year. We need 60-70% infection to reach herd immunity. I see cases going up everywhere that has opened. It will continue to go up as people get complacent and travel and infect each other. As long as I can work from home I will continue with my once weekly grocery run and Friday night take out.
    :flower3: I wish you well but at the current rate it will take longer than a year for that to happen. Based on the numbers less than 5% of the American population has been diagnosed to date.
     

    EveDallas

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    I'm going to continue to let all of you go out and get the virus to build herd immunity. Me and my family will sit tight for as long as needed. My company has not gone back to the office and when we do I can still continue to work from home because I live with someone who is high risk. Would rather live another 50 years than live it up now and die on a ventilator.
    It's really offensive to imply that people who don't stay home are out partying it up. Some of us have to work. My job is at a daycare center - obviously not something that can be done from the house. And yes, I have been to the grocery store and I even went out to eat on my birthday. It doesn't mean I'm attending huge parties or going out to bars. I'm definitely not "living it up". And BTW, even though I'm sure you know this, the chances of ending up on a ventilator are very slim.
     

    missnic

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    I've definitely relaxed a bit, but not as much as everyone else in my city seems to have. It seems to be completely back to normal. I still wear a mask and get annoyed when people don't respect the 6ft rule. I have, however, gone shopping (more than grocery), careful to keep at a distance. I have yet to eat AT a restaurant, though we've had takeout many, many times. We keep having the discussion about why we're not comfortable with it yet. It's a little ironic.
    I'm also still working from home, and probably will be for the rest of the year. Our target date for the first to return is after Labor Day, and we've been told that our campus (5000+) will not be over 50% capacity until there is either a vaccine/treatment, or a massive reduction in cases. While I hope that is soon, I understand the need to wait.
    I have a Universal trip booked for mid December that I'm still planning for, and I'm looking at going somewhere (not sure how I feel about going to a park in a mask) at the end of August.
     
  • jrsharp21

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    I have yet to eat AT a restaurant, though we've had takeout many, many times. We keep having the discussion about why we're not comfortable with it yet. It's a little ironic.
    I completely understand where you are coming from here. Same struggles/thoughts with me. I think for me, its being in a confined space for a long period of time. Even though they have tables spaced out, it is still just being stagnant in that area. At least in the grocery store even though you are inside, you can keep moving and not be in the same area for a length of time. I try to map out my grocery shopping in my head so that I just walk by, grab the item, and toss it in the cart/basket and never really stop.
     

    wilbret

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    I'm going to continue to let all of you go out and get the virus to build herd immunity. Me and my family will sit tight for as long as needed. My company has not gone back to the office and when we do I can still continue to work from home because I live with someone who is high risk. Would rather live another 50 years than live it up now and die on a ventilator.
    Glad to help. I’m sitting at a bar right now, having a beer...for you! :-)
     

    TLSnell1981

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    I'm willing to wait it out for at least a year. We need 60-70% infection to reach herd immunity. I see cases going up everywhere that has opened. It will continue to go up as people get complacent and travel and infect each other. As long as I can work from home I will continue with my once weekly grocery run and Friday night take out.
    We may NEVER reach herd immunity or have a vaccine.
     

    BlueStarryHat

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    An actual ice cream truck went through my street today. I heard the familiar tune and for a good two minutes I died for a vanilla soft serve with chocolate jimmies. I *really* almost gave in when the truck stopped at the corner, but when I looked out the window, the ice cream truck driver was not only not wearing a mask and handing out soft serve with no gloves or anything, but so were the people lined up to buy. Dangit. But I just didn't feel safe.
     
  • FairestOfThemAll37

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    I’ve mentioned this before but I’m starting to venture out to get myself sorted out. Maybe I’m vain, maybe I’ve been conditioned by years of living with societal standards, maybe I’m just weak, but I feel much better and it’s had an improved impact on my mental health that I’ve been able to go get some services. I was feeling so slovenly and it was making me feel awful.

    I’m not great and doing my own fingers and toes and cannot cut my own hair (heck half the pros I’ve been to struggle with my hair). I was dying my own hair after several issues with stylists leaving and scalp sensitivities and have a 6hr color correction ahead of me but I’m mitigating that risk as best i

    I’m able to get my dental checkup and get my car serviced and just take of things that I consider person and home maintenance that I’m unable to do myself.
     

    wilbret

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    I’ve mentioned this before but I’m starting to venture out to get myself sorted out. Maybe I’m vain, maybe I’ve been conditioned by years of living with societal standards, maybe I’m just weak, but I feel much better and it’s had an improved impact on my mental health that I’ve been able to go get some services. I was feeling so slovenly and it was making me feel awful.

    I’m not great and doing my own fingers and toes and cannot cut my own hair (heck half the pros I’ve been to struggle with my hair). I was dying my own hair after several issues with stylists leaving and scalp sensitivities and have a 6hr color correction ahead of me but I’m mitigating that risk as best i

    I’m able to get my dental checkup and get my car serviced and just take of things that I consider person and home maintenance that I’m unable to do myself.
    Humans are social creatures. Even if we don’t like actually interacting, being around other humans is important.
     

    ronandannette

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    Not who you quoted but since I have a similar outlook figured I'd answer.

    I don't know but my guess is at least through the summer. I do have some minor risk factors so really don't want to temp fate on if I will be one of the lucky ones or not. We are also opening up pretty much everything as of 3pm today (so in two hours). I'll let others be guinea pigs and see how it goes.

    Honestly what I am doing now is not THAT different than pre-COVID. So I am not missing out on my "real" life. So I am okay staying at home for the foreseeable future.
    Like the other poster, I genuinely respect whatever precautions individuals feel like they need to protect themselves. I do just wonder though that without a defined "goal", how you will ever know when it is reached? Again - not trying to belittle whatever approach you're taking, just wondering. It is possible that some people will just adopt this as a lifestyle - permanently. I think that will be easier to do when it's a choice rather than a mandate.
     

    disneychrista

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    I do just wonder though that without a defined "goal", how you will ever know when it is reached? ...It is possible that some people will just adopt this as a lifestyle - permanently.
    My personal goal is feeling comfortable being around people again. I don't know when this will occur. If I had to define it, it would be when there is an actual DECLINE in new cases in my area (we are holding steady in the number of new cases) or possibly not an increase in new cases after this latest round of openings (which includes 'high risk' businesses).

    I am not a very social person. I don't have a group of friends, I don't date or have social groups I am part of, so what I am doing now it not all that different than I was pre-COVID. Other than my trips to local breweries every couple weeks or the coast every couple months I don't do that much outside of the house. The biggest change is grocery/household shopping every couple weeks vs every couple days and I have always petty much avoided most other types of shopping unless it become necessary.

    I totally understand for those with an active social life would see staying at home as a burden. I get that they want to see their friends and get back to their social activities. So not only it is comfort level it is also a difference in how their "normal" lives" were.
     

    PollyannaMom

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    An actual ice cream truck went through my street today. I heard the familiar tune and for a good two minutes I died for a vanilla soft serve with chocolate jimmies. I *really* almost gave in when the truck stopped at the corner, but when I looked out the window, the ice cream truck driver was not only not wearing a mask and handing out soft serve with no gloves or anything, but so were the people lined up to buy. Dangit. But I just didn't feel safe.
    I know!! I saw one around here really early on in all this.

    I guess they were technically "food service - take out" so allowed. But it just didn't seem smart to me.

    (Plus, I was making enough extra treats around here - I didn't need more goodies!)
     





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