Let’s face it: two months is a long time for anyone to be cooped up in their house with limitations on where you can go and who you can see. For many of us, this has been the reality in the era of COVID-19. And while some states have started to reopen in earnest, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is hoping to make slow strides in stages.
Some businesses and spaces, including hiking trails, golf courses, florists, car dealers and other retail shops, reopened on Friday in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Several municipalities in SoCal now have the state’s permission to reopen their beaches with limited conditions. With all this happening on top of the cabin fever many of us are experiencing, it’s easy to think it’s now okay to see friends, families and maybe even sex partners outside of the home, but are we getting ahead of ourselves? According to many expert physicians we’ve had on the program, yes. Physical distance guidelines have not yet been relaxed even though some parts of the economy are trying to get back on track.
Today on AirTalk, we want to know what you’re doing. What did you do for Mother’s Day, and what did you see others doing to celebrate? Are you taking slow steps, in similar fashion as the state, in relaxing your distancing standards? What factors are you considering to make your decisions? Are you seeing this more with other family members, friends or roommates? Tell us your experience by calling 866-893-5722.
Kimberly Shriner, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena