Dear Amy: I have a question about getting COVID while in an elevator. Yesterday I was in the elevator of the apartment building.
I wore a mask and a scarf around my neck.
The young lady got into the elevator without a mask. He started sneezing.
I quickly panicked and the elevator door opened.
I immediately left the building. I was not a tenant there.
Is there a chance I can get the virus this way?
Please let me know. Thank you.
Dear Panic: You can learn more about COVID and keep up with current research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov).
Several studies published and published in the early days of the pandemic focused on the risk of contracting the virus while in elevators. Standing close together in an enclosed space certainly poses a risk of transmission, and sneezing forces droplets into the air, but the ventilation systems used in many elevators force those droplets downward to the ground.
Staying away from other lifters further reduces this risk.
Yes, if someone who sneezes has COVID or a cold, you can get infected. Your mask provides protection (the CDC describes wearing a mask as an “important public health tool”).
Because you are so worried, you need to reduce the risks as you perceive them, realizing that living in this world is a dangerous prospect for all of us.
Getting vaccinated, wearing a good quality mask, and washing your hands frequently are proactive ways to reduce your risk of contracting an infectious disease.
You should ask your doctor for a special medical risk assessment for you if you become infected with the COVID virus.
New variants of the COVID-19 virus are highly contagious but weakened, making people more likely to contract the virus but less likely to end up in a hospital or even a doctor’s office. the result of a disease caused by a virus.
In my opinion, your extreme anxiety and panic response actually poses a serious and immediate health risk. If left untreated, your anxiety can affect your life more than COVID.
Dear Amy: My husband and I are in our late 80s, in good health, and fortunate to have our three children and their families nearby. We see them all often.
One of our sons is always very careful about his diet and does the latest research on the healthiest foods.
Now, every time he goes, we get fancy lectures about what to eat and what not to eat, what to cut out, what research to study and what routines to incorporate into our lives.
He won’t let her go. We try to refuse this unpleasant “advice”, but it falls on deaf ears.
By the way, by most standards we eat a very healthy diet – very little meat, lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts. We add a little sugar. No caffeine or alcohol. And we exercise regularly.
We are happy to live like this for the rest of our days.
How can we convince our son to accept that we will eventually die, and how best to spend time with him without endless arguments about what we choose to eat.
– Dear mother
Dear Loving Mother: You may not be able to convince your son to accept your death. That’s a tall order for someone who seems to be doing everything in their power to avoid it.
You don’t say if you share the good news with everyone. If so – yes, what a dream.
Elders often say that one of the advantages they have is the ability to speak out without worrying too much about the reaction.
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Try this. For example, “My son. We’ll stop you there. We appreciate how much you love us, but we won’t change our diet. Why? Because we don’t want to.’
Dear Amy: The question “At Wits End Wife” sent shivers down my spine. Her husband’s violence increased and she was killing small animals.
I married such a man, and his behavior accelerated. He tortured and killed my cat. He tortured and abused me less than a year after I got married.
She left without telling anyone and had to hide from him. I am very grateful to have saved my life.
– It’s safe now
Dear Seif: This is terrible. I hope he goes away. Right now.
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