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Itching to travel. When will this be over :( Has covid been a positive or negative event in your life?

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How has it been a positive for anyone? Genuinely curious...

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That all makes sense and is good to hear!

I’ve appreciated the opportunity to spend more time with family and save, but the pandemic and its consequences have been pretty stressful on me - immunocompromised family, people I know who have passed away, elderly grandparents who aren’t able to enjoy life as much (or that I’m able to go visit) given the risk, and starting graduate school in a restricted environment, which is understandably disappointing, but with many ignoring the guidelines altogether.

I’m grateful that there have been a few silver linings for many, and for me too, but on my end, I’m just getting so tired and sad about the state of things.

I love the work from home life and flexibility of working from home. That’s a positive.

Also - if you do it safely and follow CDC guidelines (and always have hand sanitiZer/ wipes when you fly to wipe down everything) you can travel safely. I’ve been on 6 trips since COVID hit and have been perfectly fine by following CDC guidelines. Not to mention they say it’s safer to fly than anything else rn (unless you fly United or American - they seat middle seats).

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Not irresponsible, just moving on with my life/ I’m not scared of COVID and am tired of it ruling my life. Any trip I’ve been on or contact with a person knows where I’ve been/ what I’ve done - I’m very open and honest about it so they can assess whether to see me or not. Different people have different risk tolerances.

I’ve been continually tested after all trips and been negative every time. If you follow CDC guidelines you are fine to travel and continue with your life. I’m all about flattening the curve, but it’s actually insane if you think we can prevent a single human from dying from COVID. People die everyday. People get sick everyday. I follow guidelines and CDC recommendations when I chose to travel and no one i have been in contact with has contracted COVID (because they also get tested). There is a healthy way to continue your life without spreading COVID to those you love. Quarantine is not the only way to stay safe and - quite frankly - impacts more people than Covid itself.

According to a NY times article from May 8 (so think, still early Covid) 20.7 million people filed for unemployment due to Covid in April alone. That’s not including anyone who filed after that (like my roommmate). According to Google (i know not the most reliable but honestly even if it’s materially wrong still proves the point) only 6.93 million Americans have had Covid. Wayyyyyyy more people are impacted by the shut down/quarantine people are still preaching. And the 20.7 isn’t counting anyone who is indirectly impacted by a job loss - so say a family, dependent, spouse of the person who lost a job.

Morale of the story - do what you want. Travel if you want to - just follow guidelines. If you want to quarantine because you find COVID more risky or are at risk - then do that. But no need to call out someone for living their life safely within guidelines.

I miss travel. Nothing else work-wise.

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