Can My Friends Create a Social COVID Circle?
I am a college student. I am continuing my studies online during the pandemic. Since I have moved back home, I have been helping out around the house during the quarantine, and spending a lot of time with my family. They’re great, but it is a lot of together time.
A couple of weeks ago, I went on a hike and met my two best friends there. We came up with a good plan and decided that we would become a circle, so that we could spend time together during the quarantine. Just us three.
My family is also in my circle. They have a few close friends in their circle. We have been very careful not to include others, and think this is a perfect way to self-isolate and not suffer too badly. Just passing this on as a suggestion to others.
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You sound like a very responsible person, but have evidently not yet taken Statistics. First, let’s start with a Circle. It is a line whose ends meet. It is closed. For the purpose of quarantine, our “circle” is only the people we live with. Everybody else needs to be six feet, or more, away. The situation you are describing could be called a “friend circle”, but is definitely not a closed circle. See, presumably, your besties have families too. And perhaps their families have friend circles, who have families and friend circles, who also have families and friend circles, etc. Hold on a sec – my head just exploded. Anyway, do you see where I’m going here?
I know this is tough on all of us. I have been spending a lot of time yelling at the crows in my back yard. But the medical community – the only community I listen to - is trying to slow down the spread of a really disturbing virus.
Perhaps their method is not convenient or especially comfortable, but it’s a matter of holding on until a more solid plan can be devised. So, we all have to suck it up, Buttercup (see what I did there?), and stay inside our real circles, and keep those circles at least six feet away from other circles. Even if it’s a circle of one.