What Is A COVID-19 “Bubble”?January 10, 2021 2:40 pm
Throughout this pandemic, public health officials have been stressing the need to keep the group of people that you come in contact with small and limited to the people you live with. This is to ensure that no one in your circle is participating in any risky behaviors that may be increasing your risk of contracting COVID-19.
As we have all experienced over the last 10 months this can be very challenging. Not seeing grandparents, friends, or neighbors, can feel isolating and may be doing long-term emotional harm to us all. It is with this in mind that some people are creating a COVID-19 bubble of a small group of people whom they can safely see and interact with through the next few months and into the spring.
SO…what is a COVID-19 bubble?
A COVID-19 bubble is a VERY small group of trusted people in your life who have agreed to all abide by the same set of rules to remain safe and vigilant against the virus. Some recommendations for how to safely have a bubble include;
- Keep it small – no more then 10 people.
- Everyone must agree to stay home and avoid contact with any other individuals outside of the bubble – if they can’t commit to that, they can’t be in the bubble.
- No guests allowed. It is not ok to have a bubble of 10 and someone who joins, every once in a while.
- All members of the bubble should quarantine for 14 days before participating.
- If any member of the bubble feels sick he/she should stay home.
- Get together outside as much as weather will allow.
- If you are getting together inside, wear masks when you are not eating.
A COVID-19 bubble is a good idea, but it is also very important to continue to follow the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when getting together with anyone. The safest thing you can do is to keep your bubble to the smallest group of people possible and only include people who you live with immediately.
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