DEAR HARRIETTE: I feel so uncomfortable again. We have spent what felt like almost two years, at home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
My family and I followed all the recommended protocols. We were strict with our children. Now it seems that the whole thing is for nothing. My daughter caught COVID-19, not because she broke any rules, but because she ate lunch with other students at her school.
Apparently one of them had COVID but did not know. Almost all the children got it – and they are all vaccinated, some even with the booster shot.
My daughter spent her vacation vacation sick in bed. Now she is afraid of getting close to her friends; they had just started to “hang out” together a bit again. I feel so sorry for them. Especially teenagers need the camaraderie that comes from being together. Now they are pretty much back in isolation.
I do not know how to support my daughter through this. She became quite depressed in 2020 when she felt trapped in her room. And now this resurgence. What can we do?
COVID-19 second round
DEAR COVID-19 ROUND TWO: It’s a shaky time for all of us. This latest variant seems to be whipping through many communities and beating people down. As the disease is constantly changing, so are the isolation requirements. Be sure to follow the latest guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disease Control and Masking.
The CDC guidelines do not require anyone to stay home indefinitely. If you and your family are vaccinated, you can continue to be out among others, preferably wearing a mask, during this period of accelerated spread of the virus. If you have been tested negative and are asymptomatic, you do not need to stay home, at least until further notice. For more information, go to: cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html.
DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m good friends with a girl that my big brother started dating casually. The two stopped talking because she found out he was seeing other people.
She’s mad at me because I did not tell her that, but I did not think things were serious enough between them that they were dating exclusively. I feel like she should keep me out of her trouble with my brother because she and I have been friends for longer than they saw each other. What should I do?
Bror vs. Friend
DEAR BROTHER VS. FRIEND: Tell your friend that you stopped getting involved in your brother’s business a long time ago. You two are friends, but you do not take responsibility for reporting his behavior to your friend – or anyone else. You need to be aware of this, otherwise it will come back and bite you again and again.
You can add that you did not know that their relationship had turned into something more serious than casual dating, yet still makes it clear that you can not be your brother’s warden. Add that you had hoped that your friendship with her was independent of her relationship with him. You love her and appreciate her. You love your brother too.
You hope you can be friends with her independently of him. What you can not and will not do is to be an intermediary in their relationship.
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