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.
Families with young children have also been forming pods out of necessity. They may get together and pay for a tutor to work with their children on or offline. They may also want their children to have playdates, but only with this very small group. Pods for families are also necessary when some parents have to get to work and don’t have childcare for kids who are normally in school.
Let’s face it, in order for it to work, forming a pod has to be likened in many ways to practicing safe sex. Communication is the key. Here are some things that you should keep in mind:
1. Initial Health
Before you start your pod, you want to make sure everyone is clear on each person’s initial health. You should have all had negative Covid-19 tests and have quarantined since. You should be aware of who might be high risk. There should also be a level of concern. It could be when someone has a fever, or cough. Everyone should agree at what point…