The Nervous Person’s Guide to Re-entering Society
How to cope with a less cautious world as COVID restrictions loosen
Amy Beigel, a fifth-grade teacher in Charlotte, N.C., has already had COVID-19. Her husband did, too. And now both of them have received their first dose of the vaccine. But when she thinks about gathering with other people outdoors this summer, she hesitates.
The desire to see friends and extended family is definitely there, said Beigel, 40, a mother of four. "But then we shoot the idea down."
There are the weighty questions: “What if people came and did get sick?” she asked. The social awkwardness: “You don’t want to put undue pressure on someone.” And the logistical details: “Do you serve food?”
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