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    I've been surprised that more recently some of my neighbors who have been following what I consider good practice have eased up on their behavior. I've turned down invitations to backyard gatherings where there have been fifteen or twenty maskless people with food sharing, albeit outdoors. I go past sports fields where young people are practicing and seem blissful to any distancing. And not to mention the big events like pro sports and political rallies or college parties.

    I have noticed some adult socially distancing and responsible exercise classes in parks and the crowds on the local walking and bicycling trails are down to a level where they don't seem quite the risk they once were, although masks are less than common. I've had some small outdoor gathering of friends where there is good social distancing, but may lose some social skills when the weather turns colder. I'm still putting off a dental check up and a minor medical procedure, but plan on having my routine physical next month if things look about the same. My best guess is that there will be a second wave when the weather turns colder, the Holidays, and people spending more time indoors. I'm fairly comfortable shopping most anyplace as long as I can go at a less crowded time and can get in and out quickly, but still order a few necessities online. And just got my high dose flu shot.

    The popular index these days seems to be rate of infection of those tested. My state is around 3.5%. Last I looked Iowa and a few other states were around 25%. My 92 year old neighbor has relatives in Iowa and says a whole family of Iowa relatives is infected. He referred to them as "Trump supporters".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    There's a serious problem in a number of areas with under 30 year olds not social isolating and having parties and the like. In Chicago/Cook County, something like 1/3 of new cases are in this age group.
    Yes, I've read some stories about this. Had a young person go to Florida for a death in the family and came back saying how surprised they were that very few people - regardless of age - were wearing masks. It was the first I've actually talked to someone who witnessed/experienced the blatant not-wearing. Most anti-maskers I know of are mainly whiners who will still mask up for self-preservation, even if not to help protect others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    I wear a mask because I believe in a layered approach to not dying. There are various things we can do to reduce risk. Masks are one of those things. Social distancing another. Not going to indoor spaces with other people a third. Some people want to be stupid. I choose not to be around them. Thankfully I live in a state that takes this seriously. My countyís infection rate has been relatively stable for quite a while now.
    Bears repeating. I'm even more of a hermit than usual--I rely heavily on delivery, and will for the foreseeable future. If by some chance I need to go out, I'll use everything in my armentarium not to be one of those expendable old people some talk so offhandedly about.

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    Speaking of funerals, Iím still of the mindset that if any of my family dies, I wonít travel to the funeral. My parents are 86 and 80, still living and working on the family farm. I speak to them daily since I got covid cause mom wishes she could take care of me during this time. Such a sweetheart. Weíve already had the discussion (back in March) about not attending (or even having) a funeral in person in the event of any of our deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    Speaking of funerals, I’m still of the mindset that if any of my family dies, I won’t travel to the funeral. My parents are 86 and 80, still living and working on the family farm. I speak to them daily since I got covid cause mom wishes she could take care of me during this time. Such a sweetheart. We’ve already had the discussion (back in March) about not attending (or even having) a funeral in person in the event of any of our deaths.
    I am of the same mind, Tammy, for myself.
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    I thought DW and I would not likely attend a funeral, either, but our track record shows we've got a shortlist of people for whom we'll go. It's not much wider than the immediate family of each spouse (and their spouses/families) and select friends (maybe eight for whom we definitely would want to show up). The funeral mass and visitation we attended required masks and encouraged social distancing. Those was observed far better in church than at the visitation/luncheon. We're a week and a half after those events though and, so far, so good.

    We do what we can. COVID-19 has robbed us all of so much this year that you really want to draw a line somewhere. We're choosing our exposures.
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    Thatís true each day for each person. Itís a very sad year.

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    That’s true each day for each person. It’s a very sad year.
    yep, and the hardest hard line of avoiding exposure can't be maintained forever. But even then then I go to the dentist or the doctor if I need to (I have not had to go to a funeral, hopefully not). I go to get food and even add in a trip to the farmers market, it's been since before covid since I have,but before summer is entirely gone I did. To shops on an as needed basis and weigh the need carefully. Eat outside and I'm not fanatical on masks outside unless it's a crowd (inside I've worn masks in any place but mine and bfs - for 6 months now). To the beach (actually as we know pretty safe), use the restroom in a store. And one still aches constantly for the world that used to be, where going to a shop was nothing of nothing, hanging out somewhere other than home (how badly I need this) was nothing of nothing, going to a group event was nothing of nothing (I miss group events so badly), a bare face was nothing, you didn't fear all human contact to the point where noone but bf and doctor/dentist touches or even gets within 6 feet of you, leaving the house for anything didn't have to be oh so carefully weighed till you almost lose your mind.

    And I weigh what I'm willing to compromise for (of things that are allowed let's assume) and I realize it's NOT low risk things I miss that much, it's not shopping, I could have plenty of that low risk stuff and still be starving emotionally like I was filling up on nothing. It's the high risk activities I miss most, group activities, hanging out indoors at a coffee shop etc. What really isn't safe, what I can't have. And the freedom of doing anything not being such a heavy choice. Oh and I'd like a professional massage while I'm at it
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    I am late to the conversation!

    I am in the group ‘extremely vulnerable’ and ‘shielding’ in UK parlance. Way back in Feb, I was undergoing new tests for another lung problem, other than the asthma I have had since I was about 40. The specialist suggested I severely limited contact with anyone outside my family.

    Then in March when the UK started pandemic restrictions, I had already been in lockdown for a couple of weeks. Here we are, in September. The regs against socialising have got stricter again, and I prefer to still ‘shield’. Yesterday, my husbandand I went to have our flu jabs at a drive through clinic in the car park of a local school. First time I had been out of our cul de sac in all those months and first time in a car since Feb! The drive through seemed faster and more efficient than the usual service held at our GP surgery!

    We got free food parcels, courtesy of local govt, for the first three weeks, until I managed to convince them that we didn’t need the parcels, aswe had access to online supermarket shopping. All supermarkets here gave priority delivery slots to people on the NHS list shows as extremely vulnerable/shielding

    Thank god for the internet and my kindle!

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    Has anyone decided yet what they’re going to do about the holidays? I usually go to my goddaughter’s extended family. Her family is 6 kids plus parents. Then there are multiple aunts/uncles and family friends invited over. I’m probably not going to go.

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