With places opening, will you start going out more?

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Post # 76
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Blushing bee

Restaurants open next week. I have a gift card to a restaurant that I got as a birthday present so will probably use that relatively soon. Also, we have a birthday day trip planned so will likely do that. 

So yeah, will be going out more but not return to normal and will be more cautious.

Post # 78
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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@temeculabride:  @bluebell83 this is what I’ve been saying for weeks now. My husband has a lot of acquaintances and he knows of 3 suicides over the last couple of weeks through friends of friends. That’s the ones we know of.

So many more people are going to die of mental health issues & not getting treatment for preventable things here than covid19. We’ve had 21 sad deaths of covid19 here from rest homes. They died with covid19. I’m sure that’s not the case every where.  DHs grandma is past 100. She can die of a common cold. She actually got pneumonia last year, had a stroke and we don’t know how she survived it. 

Post # 79
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Our lockdown finish 2 weeks ago. Ive been to the gym,  shopped up a storm,  out for brunch with friends, coffees, back to work from Tuesday.  We take precautions and keep distance from strangers.  Life has to go on and the economy has to pick up. There is a balance. 

Post # 80
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Sugar bee

I have a newborn so I won’t be going anywhere. 

Ive been at home for over 8 weeks now other than doctors appointments for me and the baby, delivering at the hospital and riding in the car in a drive through with my husband. 

My husband had been allowed to work from home the past month or so. He will probably return to the office in a week or so. 

Having a newborn really changes your perspective. We are being super cautious. I haven’t seen any family or friends. Our parents haven’t met their grand baby but it is what it is. 

My sister is also a nurse on a Covid floor and she can’t get over how non-chalant a lot of people are being. She is dealing with a lot of sickness and death and then she sees her friends on Facebook posting pics of a bunch of friends hanging out. She said it really upsets her to see so many family and friends not care. 

Post # 81
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m feeling very scared as Illinois moves into phase 3 which feels AWFULLY LENIENT with such incredibly high death numbers… I will always be masked when I’m out and will still practice careful social distancing with anyone outside our house. I may be a little more open to shopping a little more regularly and MAAAAYBE get a masked hair cut if my salon opens with very limited capacity. I’m also 22 weeks pregnant, so probably just need to stay as isolated as I can until baby comes.

Post # 82
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@sarathemermaid:  ugh, I can’t imagine what new moms are going through during this time! I would drive myself sick with worry!! When I had my son, I didn’t leave my house for 6 weeks until he had his first round of immunizations. After he was immunized, we ventured out to my mom’s house only. He finally met the outside world at 4 months old. 

My son is now two. I pulled him from daycare (way before the country started shutting down). And he’s been home with me full time. Even missed his doctor’s appointment because I don’t want to step into a medical facility right now. If I had a newborn during COVID, I’m not sure we would ever leave the house. It’s a super scary thought…

Post # 83
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m very high risk, but I respect those who feel comfortable going out in a cautious manner. Having taught and written pathology curriculum, I recognize that, unfortunately, we still don’t have an absolute understanding of the virus. Some of us will be right, others will be wrong–all we can do is learn from this.

I’m all for taking precautions, especially those that are of minimal inconvenience like PPE. But it makes me sad when people utilize predictions (for one side or the other) to validate hateful behavior.  

Post # 84
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

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@missviolet92:  This was taking precautions and social distancing in the US a few days ago:

I don’t disagree that things eventually need to get back to “normal”, but I feel like at least where I am, people are making it much harder to safely get to that point.

Post # 85
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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@MiniMeow:  yeah they’re actually idiots. That’s not ok!

Here we have 97% i think recovered and we never had the issues that USA have had so I’m speaking from experience. 

Everyone has been pretty good at keeping their distance.  We are currently allowed only gatherings of 10 people.  This increases to 100 this Friday.  

We had the strictest lockdown.  No online purchases for non essentials and no takeaways or deliveries.  

Hoping in a month, if we keep getting zero cases a day that we can go back to normal with a locked border

Post # 86
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I might pick up food from a restuarant eventually, but have no desire to sit in a restaurant or any closed room outside of home. Not until vaccination among the population has already been well in place or immunity, whichever comes first.. and I’m saving money.

Post # 87
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Blushing bee

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@bluebell83:  we have the heart society advertising on tv that you need to go to the hospital if you have heart attack symptoms. Also, I work in a hospital and they released a similar statement about stroke. My concern is also the queues later in the year. Patients and hospitals have cancelled check up appointments so when people will be more comfortable going outside there will be problems in heath care. We opened schools about a week ago. My teacher brother is convinced that the reason for schools opening is basically that they can do a welfare check.

Post # 88
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Honestly I see both sides to this slippery slope that is this pandemic. I live in a hotspot county (ny) and almost everyone I’ve talked to knows someone who had covid and recovered or has died from it. Especially the story of a friend of a friend who died and her poor daughter trying to make life saving decisions for her over the phone while across the country and caring for her young children. Or the 25 yr old healthy co-worker (no known underlying conditions) that died from it. Those stories are hard and sad to hear! 

Some of our friends are getting the antibody test to see if they have had it and feel a bit better about “going out” since, as of Friday we can gather in groups of 10 or less with safety precautions in place and the beaches and parks are open at half capacity (very surprised by those).

I think the biggest factor in all this is that you can be a-symptomatic. It literally affects everyone differently. It also affects many without realizing it. We are finding out more and more about this virus in such a short amount of time and the info keeps changing. Unfortunately it will take deaths of family and friends for some people to take the safety precautions more seriously. 

I’m not sure what the answer is but I kinda like the idea of testing people routinely (rapid test and antibody) so they have *some* peace of mind and help how they make their choices and try to mitigate their risks for themselves and others. 

I think my rule of thumb for going forward for right now is; if you can’t be open and honest about where/who’ve you’ve been with and open to sharing pernant medical info/history then we can’t “hangout” (ie: distancing/masks while outside at peoples houses). This applies to only close family and friends that we had been seeing on a regular basis before the start of the pandemic. Everyone and everywhere else will be off limits for us personally for the foreseeable future unless things change drastically. 

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