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My family wants me to come visit them for the past 2 yrs. But I don’t feel comfortable due to covid. They’re not very covid conscious and I’ve expressed this concern, but they don’t seem to get it and take it really personally when I say no. Any advice on how to navigate? Of course I want to see them but I also want to be safe.

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If you're vaccinated and healthy, I'm not sure I see the issue?

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Yeah that was the thing, my extended family was pushing through all last year (which we feel was a worse time, especially without boosters). Personally for me, I’m ready to travel (though out of the US, not to certain states lol) and my parents work in the medical field so they see the progression/understand it’s not if but when, but I don’t blame their caution at that age. Maybe when we see what the next variant is: is it omicron 2.0 and docile like a cold/flu, delta 2.0 and aggressive but less transmissible, or worst case something that supercedes vaccines? I think that’s definitely my mom’s concern and why she isn’t rushed to seeing them.

We have family like this. I’m telling them to get tested once they land and quarantine until they get results.

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Identify your boundaries. Communicate them. Family can respect your boundaries and comply if they really want to see you. If they don’t respect your boundaries, you can either maintain the boundary and skip the visit, or you can accept this about them and visit anyway. Your choice.

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You are responsible for your health. Do what you think is best. “I miss you too”

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If I didn’t have kids I’d be a lot more lax, but even with kids I am still finding ways to see my family who aren’t as cautious as I am (despite their age and not being super healthy). We meet outside at a brewery (we live states away from each other), we take tests before seeing each other, we wore masks when things were really bad…. But anyone could die tomorrow in a car accident, I’m not going to just not see my family for years and then regret it later. I feel like you could find some middle ground to see them

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It’s about weighing the risk. For me, the risk of isolating from my family or somehow damaging our relationship is greater than my risk of being super sick from COVID. I also couldn’t live with myself if a relative passed away, and I missed spending time with them because of my own fears. Everyone has their own risk tolerance. I’m relatively young and healthy, and I’ve had some friends pass away from mental health things during this pandemic - both of those things plays a role in me determining my own risk tolerance.

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are you high risk?

I have an autoimmune disease. My dad has asthma. And other family members are healthy but can be a bit reckless.

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