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June 6, 2023
June 6, 2023

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Maryann TaylorOctober 13, 2020

Thank you so much for reminding this woman that she doesn't need to do anything to protect her daughter's marriage or her children, and that they are capable of working out their own problems. My husband and I do not wear masks at home, and I know that the VAST majority of people who get COVID do recover, often with only mild symptoms. However, this woman's situation is different. She is not only helping her daughter and grandchildren, but she is also caring for her elderly mother. If she were to pass on the virus to her older mother, it could be a case of life or death. Perhaps if she gently reminded her daughter of the need to protect the elderly, she would soften a bit.

GrandpaOctober 10, 2020

Good answer. I would only add that the daughter needs to understand that her mother is doing her a favor and can stop coming any time she wishes. A little more appreciation is in order. The daughter has absolutely no authority to "tell" her mother what to do.

Crazy ClydeOctober 9, 2020

We need to think creatively. Example: Buy a large transparent umbrella and a clear plastic paint cloth, both available for under 20 and 10 bucks respectively. Cut the paint cloth to the diameter of the umbrella and about 5 wide. Attach it with file binder clips or cloths pins to the ribs of the umbrella. You will have built a bubble that you can breath in for several hours. It protects your eyes better than a face shield. Since infectious droplets don't have wings, they can't fly 5 feet up from the floor to your head. Neither can the droplets you produce. As good as social distancing many yards. You can touch high contact surfaces such as door knobs using the bubble like a glove. You express your freedom, having it both ways, safe and independent. I recommend most people over 60 and those with any serious health problems stay in their bubble while around other people. Schools could be safely opened if students and teachers stayed in bubbles. I won't go so far as to suggest your risk is zero in any situation, but it is extremely low. Women in Hong Kong where it rains torrents, and car access is inconvenient and long, modest, expensive dresses are commonly worn, use "full-length umbrellas" often which are basically what I am describing. Google it.



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