See the grandkids? Make sure everyone is sharing safety measures
Older adults are getting antsy after months of staying home, but before you expand your bubble, make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of social distance in their daily life.
There's not a magic age at which your risk is higher or like too high. But all of us need to consider what kind of risk is acceptable. Dr. Pretty Milani is U of M's chief health officer. She's also an expert in infectious disease and geriatrics. She says it's important for everyone to look for ways to re engage in less risky ways with all activity. It's about decreasing risk to the lowest possible risk. We can't eliminate risk short. It's just staying home and never going outside. And that is also not a good option. For most of us, that means going grocery shopping when it's the least crowded or sticking to delivery services. If it's still too high, risk doctors appointments are essential, and Melanie encourages everyone to reschedule cancelled appointments. As for seeing the grandkids, this is a question that a lot of people have and there's not a perfect time and there's not a way to do it without any risk. But right now in Michigan, our numbers are pretty good, and if people have all been staying home and doing a good job of maintaining social distance, the risk is acceptable to go and visit with your grandkids be outdoors, and that is always gonna be a safer option than being indoors washing your hands. And certainly, if anyone has any symptoms, they shouldn't be interacting with anyone else. They should be staying home. And if those symptoms worsen, could be tested.