Why I'm Still In Lockdown Mode
I asked a great question today on The Bert Show about why - if I trust statistics and data - do I not apply those stats to my daughter when it comes to COVID? Thought I would explain where I - and some other parents - are at.
Everyone has a different perspective and way of handling the pandemic.
As someone who is high risk, with a high risk husband and high risk family members, this is my perspective - COVID is a very real threat.
The decisions I make to protect my child are different from the ones I make to protect myself. For me, this is all about risk management. More kids are getting hospitalized and dying from Delta than from the OG strain. As of the time of this post, they make up about 25% of cases, although the Washington Post reports that severe cases are still rare for kids and death is extremely rare (which is relieving news). The likelihood of severity is less than with adults, however, long haul COVID is also a very real and detrimental thing.
Bottom line: I don't know how it will affect my daughter, so I'm not playing roulette her health. Best case: she could never catch it or catch it and have NO symptoms. Worst case: She can be affected for the rest of her life or she could die. While the odds are not in favor of extremely severe health ramifications, if my daughter caught COVID because of something I did, I would never forgive myself because I *could* have protected her.
I thought of a comparison to better explain.
There's risk with everything - even riding in a car. I would never put my child in my car without a safety net - aka her car seat, just like I wouldn't send my daughter (who's never been sick in her life so she has a very unused immune system) into the world without a vaccine.
I especially wouldn't put my kid in a car without a carseat if there were a bunch of drunk drivers on the road (aka unvaccinated people who are NOT masking and social distancing - these are the primary people who spread COVID). I'm a safe driver, but obviously in this scenario, the odds of her getting hurt are way higher.
So to me, interacting normally with the world with my unvaccinated child is akin to putting her in a car w/no car seat with drunk drivers on the road. There is a high likelihood she will get hurt or even die. (Of course the statistics are not the same, but you catch my drift for the sake of this scenario).
When she is vaccinated and we can hang out with other vaccinated folk, then we'll go back into the world. (AKA for this scenario, I'll put her in her car seat and go for a drive when driving conditions are safer. There's risk, but it's mitigated.)
Until then, it's my job to do everything in my power to keep her safe from a particularly dangerous situation. I know I can't protect her from EVERYTHING, but I can protect her from situations I know could be highly dangerous until I can put appropriate safety measures in place.
So that's why I continue to isolate and stay home. Not everyone has that privilege, and I feel so grateful to have a workplace that understands that and allows me to work from home.
I miss going into work. I miss seeing friends in person. But for me, it's worth the short term trade to ensure her safety.