Just like everyone else, I miss my extended family.
It has been mostly a year since I’ve seen anyone but my mother because we live together.
I have wanted to get on a plane to visit my father, but the COVID crisis has scared me from stepping foot on an airplane where infection rates are notably higher. All of these family members are older with preexisting conditions that could make a COVID infection deadly for any one of them. I will hold off on seeing my extended family if that means giving them the chance to live through the next six months of continued viral transmission. Unfortunately, some people are selfish. My sister got in her beaten down car and drove across the country so she could visit my father and my elderly grandmother behind my back. She knew that I had wanted to see my father for years, knowing that she has visited Michigan yearly for over a decade now. She doesn’t mind the idea of exposing them to the virus because all she cares about is her own personal satisfaction. She even put her boyfriend in a position where he was forced to get on a plane to fly back in time to not miss work this week. My sister and those like her do not understand how ventilation plays a crucial role in preventing viral transmission. Those family meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year could prove deadly for family members who are at risk. I just hope others push their impatience aside, because it’s a matter of life and death for so many of us. If I got my mother sick, it would be all over.