Will You Quaranteam?

If you could choose 5-10 people to quarantine with who would they be?

This is the question we may all be facing as we head into winter. If you live on the east coast like me, you know your days of fun in the sun are dwindling fast. Even today, there is a chill in the air that tells me colder weather is on its way. Tomorrow, it’s supposed to rain and someday soon there will likely be snow.

I bring you this weather report because we are going to be spending a lot more time indoors. Now that I understand the virus a little better, I can be more strategic about who we choose to spend time with and remain healthy.

Quaranteaming vs. Germ Pods

If you aren’t sure what your plans are yet, you have a few options to choose from. Some people form “quaranteams” which technically means leaving your home behind to stay at someone else’s home or inviting friends to live with you. The purpose of this is to have some form of social interaction – besides with your immediate family — while on lockdown.

Personally, I don’t think I could quaranteam. I love my friends, but I want to KEEP my friends. Unless we were all quaranteaming in Hawaii – then, I’d make an exception.

I’d prefer forming “germ pods. Or as I prefer to call them, quarantine bubbles. (Sounds nicer, doesn’t it?) These are made up of about 12 people, or three families, who stay in their own homes but agree to go steady – meaning they don’t socialize outside the group.

They share the same values and follow CDC guidelines like wearing masks everywhere they go and wash their hands frequently. These are people I can spend quality time with without much fear of being exposed–and we don’t have to share a bathroom for three months.

My Bottom Line

Of course, there are no guarantees. I can be exposed to COVID-19 while food shopping or pumping gas. Every time I venture out for basic necessities, I know there is a risk. However, socializing with friends in person is important to our well being. It is a luxury and a responsibility that I am willing to take on if it results in keeping us all happy and sane.

So, what are your plans? Are you quaranteaming this winter? Forming a bubble? Or winging it?

3 comments on Will You Quaranteam?

  1. Florence Callender
    October 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm (4 months ago)

    Hey Elisa, like you, I’m on the east coast and I’m sadly watching the bright, sunny days being replaced by cold, rainy ones. Not being much of a social butterfly, the only thing the changing weather impacts is my daily walk. Also, since I don’t normally have a large circle of friends nearby, I just continue to interact with the few I have. My traveling has been curtailed, and that disappoints me since I enjoy going to visit my family and friends. I protect my body by using natural immune system boosters, every day.

  2. Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA
    October 27, 2020 at 6:04 pm (4 months ago)

    I’ve been doing this already. That’s what many of us single folks have been doing- since we have no local family.

  3. Ginia
    October 28, 2020 at 3:23 am (4 months ago)

    Definitely germ pods for me. Quaranteam is too risky! Loved the classification


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