Social Interaction Bubbles for Indoor Visits during COVID-19
It only takes one person to turn a social interaction bubble into a germ circle.
As the cold weather comes, I am beginning to plan how to socialize safely. It will be harder to do outside visits or visits with the doors and windows open to keep ventilation high. This means I need to think more carefully about who is inside my social interaction bubble. Each household that is part of the circle extends my circle.
It rapidly becomes a complex diagram of overlapping circles. It only takes one person in any of these overlapping circles to contract SARS-CoV-2, with or without symptoms of COVID-19, and the virus can get into my circle.
So, as we move into the cooler weather, knowledge is key. Know where the people you socialize with have been. Know how many other people they have encountered, especially in close proximity. More people means more distance between you and them and keep those masks on!
If you are high risk for severe COVID-19, keep your circles small.
Consider visits that don’t involve eating or drinking so that masks can be kept on.
Use disposable towels in bathrooms for visitors.
Disinfect the high touch areas before having guests and after the guests leave.
Wash hands before eating or drinking.
Keep groups small, especially if food or drinks will be served, so that space between members of different households can be maintained.
Respond if contacted by a contract tracer.
Notify anyone you have interacted with if you test positive for COVID-19.
Keep being proactive about safe social interactions. Social interactions that maintain physical distancing are going to be just as important this winter as they were last spring.
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