Saving my risk points for friends

Since being fully vaccinated as of Memorial Day we’ve enjoyed sharing indoor airspace, hugs, and meals with a few vaccinated friends. While many folks are rapidly ramping back to large groups and ambitious travel, we’re saving our risk points for those more intimate encounters with friends.

Daniel and I have been pretty risk adverse during the pandemic — for our health as well as our community’s — and that’s likely to continue for many more months. We’re eating out a bit, but only outdoors. We still wear masks in the grocery store and continue to limit our time indoors in public. And while I would truly love to hop on a plane and go somewhere, we’ll be staying close to home for the next long while.

Why so reserved if we are both fully vaccinated? Because we know that breakthrough infections happen even if those aren’t life threatening (thanks vaccines!) and Delta is on the rise. And while it appears that breakthrough infections are unlikely to result in long COVID, it’s still a bit too early to tell for sure. Most importantly we want to continue spending time with friends and their young kids who are still not eligible to be vaccinated. I simply can’t risk being an asymptomatic carrier for others.

So while it would be awesome to get back into the gym, see Black Widow in the theater, or see the upcoming Acrobatic Conundrum show at SANCA we’re saving our risk points for spending time with close friends over dinner and board games.