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Roadrunne98
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USA
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Posted - May 17 2020 :  5:04:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I donít go out, my grand-daughter keeps my two grandkids home. She is home and wears a mask when she goes shopping sparingly and leaves all but refrig. And freezer items in the garage for 24 hrs. My daughter watched them the other day and I was hurt. My daughter works and wears a mask. But I do family members see each other. I have Severe copd and am 74. Will I be taking a chance even just giving them a hug???? This could go on forever.

jmrommes
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Posted - May 18 2020 :  10:26:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's always a chance that you'll catch something from your grands; little kids tend to be petri dishes so they've almost always got something you could catch. There's also the risk that you could give them the virus. That said, you and your family need to weigh the benefits of continuing to be physically distant from your grandkids with the perceived risk of spending some time together. There will always be a risk. Maybe you can work out something that will give you a little time together at reduced risk for everyone.

Exercise not only lets me live, it enables me to have a life.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - May 18 2020 :  12:55:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the last 2 days I have seen a neighbor who I know from the VA, her husband and her mother (and their kids) while walking. Her mother lives 15 miles away. She visits and they all stay outside, keeping their distance.

My granddaughter lives 500 miles away. My son's girlfriend works as a nurse at Johns Hopkins and has treated Covid-19 patients. So we have not visited. We cancelled our March visit when things got bad. We hope to visit in June, but time will tell.

If they find an effective and fast treatment, then I will feel fine with potential exposure. A vaccine will be longer to fully develop and test, but a number of treatments are in the works that combined look good.

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Roadrunne98
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USA
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Posted - Jun 21 2020 :  2:56:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can I mingle with my daughter and grandchildren now since staying away really well over 2 months. My daughter said to my grand daughter maybe in 2 weeks to bring the kids swimming. When are we safe for get together???? Without the masks
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jun 21 2020 :  8:42:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is something you're going to have to decide for yourself, unfortunately. Nothing is certain and there are no absolute methods of protecting yourself or your family short of total hibernation. So you and your family need to take a really careful look at what they've been doing and how they've been living for the last two weeks, where have they gone and how careful have they been to determine what you're comfortable with. And how careful have you been so they're comfortable. Whether you wear masks or not depends on how comfortable you are. If you don't think you need them, don't wear them. If you think it's still important to be careful, then wear them and insist that everyone else wear them as well. Being outside really makes it less likely that you'll pass things around, but you probably shouldn't get together if anyone's not feeling well, especially the kids. I think that's probably the biggest problem you could have: kids wanting to see grandparents might not way if they aren't feeling good and if parents aren't really tuned in to their kids, that could be a problem. Since most of us haven't been exposed to much of anything for the last three or four months, we could be vulnerable to anything!

You'll just have to decide if it's worth it to you. You can't guarantee that no one will get sick, but you can't say they will, either. It's a risk, but you'll have to decide if it's worth it.

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klm49
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USA
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Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  07:20:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fwiw and not meant to coopt the thread but.... Was scheduled to have family gathering with niece and her kids/grandkids. I had decided not to go myself. I called her last Fri. to tell her that I wasn't coming and she informed me it had been cancelled due to her Son's family self quarantining. Their 2 step daughters had been around someone who was exposed at their Father's. Good thing they found out before the gathering! My prior decision was based on the fact that her Grandson is a first responder and is at high risk in my opinion. Be careful out there!
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  11:10:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tough decisions, for sure, but it appears that everyone was focused on being responsible and not exposing others to whatever. That makes it a lot easier for everyone! And it should make you proud of your family, too. Not all families would have responded this way.

Exercise not only lets me live, it enables me to have a life.
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