I know that we are all sick and tired of Covid restrictions, but I can’t believe what I sometimes hear from others. I don’t want to be judgmental, but it is difficult. I am trying very hard to remain Covid-free and still live a somewhat normal life, but sometimes what I hear makes me want to crawl back into bed and stay there.

I understand that it is difficult to deal with this disease, but the only way we remain safe is if everyone is vigilant and honest. I recently heard about someone who caught Covid while traveling, and that must be horrible. But when they tried to check into a hotel,  they kept quiet about having Covid for fear that the hotel wouldn’t let them check in if they were sick. Really? Apparently the fact that they could make people sick at the hotel – both workers and other guests – didn’t matter to them.

I get that you can’t always tell that you have Covid, and so may be around people before you know you are contagious, and that is a risk that we all have to take. But being around others when you know you are sick? That, to me, is inexcusable. I also get that you just want to go home, but I really don’t get your willingness to get on an airplane and expose everyone else on that plane to this horrible disease.

I know plenty of people who have had a mild case of Covid, and gotten over it quickly and fairly unscathed. But I also know people who have had a harder time with it, and it’s not always easy to tell which kind of person you would be. I have a history of very bad asthma and an autoimmune disease, and Covid scares me.

I take all the precautions I can – wash my hands a lot, wear masks in public, etc. – and short of never, instead of seldom, leaving my house, that is about all I can do. And it seems to me that would probably be enough, if other people did the same. But if others are putting me, and everyone else, at risk, there is really nothing I can do about it is I do not know. That scares me.

You can say that you are not harming anyone else – but you are. You are taking away my right to do everything I can in my power to stay healthy, by not letting me know what you know – that you are sick.

Please think of others as well as yourself.

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