Why We Need Pods

Marcia Frost
4 min readNov 24, 2020

During the Pandemic

Social Distancing, staying in place, new normal, flattening the curve… these are all phrases we’ve become accustomed to in 2020. As time goes on and staying home alone becomes less appealing, pods have also become a new term, and a bright idea for the present situation.

Pods, also called “quarantine bubbles” are a way to stay with family and/or friends, without exposing yourself to the risk of just going out in public.

There are a number of reasons why you might choose to form a pod. The first is for mental health. It is no secret that people are struggling, especially those who live alone. This is my goal.

I have a small group of friends nearby who also live alone and are high risk. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been a comfort to one another, while taking precautions not to expose each other. There have been times where we just left food outside each other’s door, and other times, when we had been quarantined for a while, when we shared dinner with disposable cutlery.

Another reason for a pod is to be with high risk members of a family with the commitment that you will stay with them and be there to help out. This might be for an elderly parent, or even an ill child. You are vowing to be with this family as long as necessary, abiding by the rules to keep everyone safe.

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Marcia Frost

A lifestyle journalist forced to slow down sports, travel, health, music & food coverage when chronic illness changed her life & career. Linktr.ee/MarciaFrost