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The health and ethical implications of isolating with a tight-knit circle of friends

Friends wearing face masks practice social distancing as they chat in front of a shop during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Friends wearing face masks practice social distancing as they chat in front of a shop during the outbreak of COVID-19.
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Kari Craig, who lives in Richmond, Virginia, says she recently made plans to hang out with a friend and the friend’s significant other in their backyard. “If I feel comfortable wearing a mask to the grocery store then I should feel even safer in a [private] space like someone’s backyard,” she says. “Our plan is [for me] to literally BYO everything — my own chair, alcohol, cups, snacks, etc… I’m going to take the same precaution of constant hand-washing and mask-wearing, but may also incorporate things like changing clothes and shoes immediately when entering the apartment.”

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