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After two Visting looking for friends at home - two months of virtual happy hours, socially distanced hangouts, and learning when to unmute yourself on Zoom - all 50 states and the District of Columbia have begun the process of reopening. For some of us, that means the first face-to-face interactions with friends and family outside our household in weeks. But even as lockdowns are lifted, without a vaccine - which is likely still a year away - the risk remains. And every social interaction is an opportunity for the virus to catch and spread. So how can you see your friends safely? We spoke to Dr Karan and two other health experts to help weigh the risks of meeting friends, and some of the decisions you might face while you're there.
To start, the outdoors are a good place to be, Dr Karan says. Point blank," he says. And 6ft apart is key to lowering risk. But for Dr Marcus, every question about risk and Covid hinges on your options. So while 6ft is likely safe "10ft is obviously better". But a particularly breezy day doesn't mean you should be invading your friends' personal space. An early coronavirus outbreak in Guangzhou, China was linked to a restaurant's air conditioning: the transmission was consistent with the airflow of the air conditioning unit.
Echoing Dr Karan and Dr Marcus, Dr Adalja stresses that the risks and benefits for any social interaction during this period will look different for every person. Minimising close contact is important right now. And if you decide to break the 6ft barrier, wearing a mask "very likely and ificantly" reduces the rate of transmission, he says, meaning face coverings are a smart harm reduction strategy. Dr Adalja sees "no major risk" in sharing snacks. But before you opt for a picnic with friends, Dr Marcus and Dr Karan advise caution. And if you do: "keep your hands as clean as possible". Things like individually wrapped sandwiches are likely fine, he says.
But for now, it's best to skip messier snacks like chips and dip. Outbreaks in church choirs, like those in Washington state and Arkansas - even without physical contact between members - add Visting looking for friends to this theory. All three experts agree - outdoors is better than indoors. But they also note the harms of social isolation, especially for long periods. Having a friend inside your home can be done in a "common sense way," he adds. Still, as he says, the virus is primarily getting around by individuals in close contact with each other - something to keep in mind if you're socialising indoors.
Bathrooms are tricky, Dr Karan says, because of their "high touch paths".
And high touch areas mean higher risk. Especially as virus particles can live in the air for several hours, and even longer on surfaces, sharing a bathroom could cause more risk than its worth. If you decide to have a friend come inside for a visit, the clean up shouldn't be too difficult.
Soap and water should do. Though infection and mortality rates among children are lower than adults, that doesn't mean they are immune. So for now, Dr Karan says, arranging playdates for children should be avoided.
There is evidence of Covid among pets, Dr Karan says, but none so far suggesting that dogs or cats can transmit the virus to humans.
No, but we don't have evidence," he says. So while you may want to pause before hugging a friend, giving a warm welcome to their golden retriever should be safe. The water itself shouldn't make things any riskier. For potentially difficult or awkward conversations about where a friend has been, or who they've seen, Dr Marcus suggests looking at resources and guidance that already exists.
In the polyamory community, for example, conversations about risk tolerance, boundaries, and exclusive vs non-exclusive relationships predate concerns over Covid Across all these choices, experts say that the goal should be reducing harm and risk as much as possible. As a rule of thumb, Dr Marcus suggests minimising the of contacts you have.
So if you start to loosen social distancing, try to keep that contact to as small a of people as possible. But as long as the outbreak continues, there will be compromise. Lockdown taught me that everything needs to change. How our brains are processing the pandemic. The people battling America's worst coronavirus outbreak. If we meet outside, is 6ft 2m far enough apart? Where are cases still rising? All 50 US states now on path to reopening What I learned during lockdown. If it's windy, can we sit a bit closer?
Can we hug each other briefly if we are wearing masks? Dr Karan is slightly more cautious. Can we share snacks if we sanitise? When we laugh and raise our voices, does that increase risk?
Some bad news for loud talkers: it likely does. Is there a safe way to invite friends into my house? Is it safe for them to use my bathroom? How should I disinfect the space afterwards? Are kids - generally thought to be lower risk - allowed to play with each other? Can they share toys? Can I pet my friend's dog or cat? Is it safe to swim in a pool? But spending time in a pool has its own problems.
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