COVID-19 and social bubbles
By Megan Meller Infection Control, Infection Preventionist
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing within our community, it is important that we continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when out in public, and wash our hands regularly. This can be challenging throughout the year. Mental and emotional health are important, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. In addition to virtual hangouts, people can explore if a social bubble is right for them.
What is a social bubble?
A small group of people who have agreed to socialize only with each other and take the same precautions.
Having a social bubble will increase your risk for getting COVID-19 because you are increasing the number of people you are interacting with. Even within your social bubble, it is important that you continue to practice social distancing like opting for outdoor activities, maintaining 6 feet apart from others and wearing a mask indoors.
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering if a social bubble is right for you and your family:
- Keep your social bubble small and exclusive. Do not hang out with multiple groups.
- Can you trust that others in your social bubble will limit their interactions outside of the group and in the community?
- What is your health status and the health status of those you want in your social bubble?
Heath status is important because some people are more at risk for severe COVID-19 illness than others.