But I'm still apprehensive. I haven't touched a human being for almost three months. Don't get me wrong, Lizzie's great. But it's not quite the same.
|Photo by Judy Winter|
So I was pleased to see this article in the New York Times about how to hug safely in the world of Covid-19. They do recommend hugging with masks, unless the person you hug has been in your quarantine bubble. And they have wonderful illustrations on what is safe and what is not.
This is not.
This is not OK, either. Know why? When huggers are looking in the same direction, it's higher risk because each person’s exhaled breath is in the other person’s breathing zone.
So this would be really bad!
And this is certainly OK. With a stuffed toy or your pet. But you don't get that person-to-person feeling. (It would be a bad hug for a human!)
This hug is relatively safe (again, wear the mask!)
Here's a good approach (but you need the mask!)
And a very good example -- heads apart, over the shoulder. This is a safe, full-body hug because faces are in opposite directions and that prevents you from directly breathing each other’s exhaled particles. This photo was taken before the days of the mask. Wear a mask.
Do you have grandchildren or Littles? Hugging at knee or waist level lowers risk is considered safe because direct exposure to droplets and aerosols because faces are far apart. But, if they aren't wearing a mask -- and lots of kids don't -- you should change clothes and wash your hands if you are hugging this way. Also, don't breathe down on the child -- look off to the side. (And did I mention, masks?!)
Want a kiss? Kiss a child or seated person on the top of the head, where the one doing the kissing is minimally exposed to the child’s exhaled breath. However, because the child could be exposed to the taller person’s breath, it's safest so kiss through a mask.
And you need to keep it short. This kiss is probably not a good idea, too close to the face.
Of course, if you are living in the came Corona-bubble, relax and hug all you want.
All I know is this is what I want.
And soon! (And actually, this one is pretty safe!) Happy Hugging!
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