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Sage Advice: Covidiquette

So, you tested positive. You may have thought it was for other people, but no. You’re not only physically exhausted, the mental hoops required to jump through to recalibrate responsibilities and obligations are daunting. Especially with the healthy dose of brain fog Covid brings! As a recent carrier of the Omicron variant, the kindness and understanding of clients when postponing classes and appointments meant more than words can express. In addition to dealing with the illness, anyone with Covid is probably feeling terribly about the inconvenience and possible exposure he/she may have caused. 

Over a span of 38 years in business, I had only been too sick to teach one class and sent a substitute. Until Covid. Entrepreneurs know how to play hurt. This is different. We can’t play hurt with Covid and risk others, no matter how mild the symptoms. It becomes a case of transparency, social responsibility and work ethics. Being truthful that you’ve tested positive is the right and respectable thing to do. 

When someone is considerate enough to tell you they may have exposed you, the following gestures are appropriate and appreciated:
  • Thank them
  • Express concern
  • Ask what you can do to help and mean it
  • Share any good resources like testing sites, at home tests,
  • Judgmental remarks
  • Blaming
  • Expressing negative opinions about their care protocol
  • Pressuring for reschedule date
  • Unsolicited advice
  • Fear and overreaction
Each case is different. Many feel well enough to work virtually. Some feel the brain fog prevents them from making wise decisions. Trust others to know their own health and do whatever you can to put them at ease.
The Mask Dilemma
“Going out in public without a mask is an etiquette felony,” writes Steven Petrow, formerly The Post’s “Civilities” columnist and now a USA Today opinion writer on civility and manners. With debate on the efficacy of masks and living in a state without mandates, my best advice is:
  • Do as you are asked by the host or organization
  • Use common sense
  • Protect yourself and your loved ones
To Shake or Not To Shake?
When meeting new people, these alternative greetings are rarely frowned upon and remain safe:
  • Elbow Tap
  • The Namaste
  • Smile With Your Eyes and Nod
Wishing you great health!