Some friends and I were talking the other night, reminiscing about the holidays several years ago when a family member got a norovirus or something similar on Christmas day. The conversation turned to what do you do in the case where you’re invited to or hosting a holiday party - What’s the “right” thing to do, what do you do, how do you decide?
So let’s say you come down with something like that a few days before a big holiday - Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever. Obviously if you’re sick on the day, you don’t go. But what if you’re over it by the time the day comes, or if you’re someone living in the same home as the sick person? Do you not attend?
What if you are the host - would you feel comfortable hosting a party 3-4 days after you or someone in the house had a congatious disease? Assume the person in question has recovered a couple days before. They might feel fine but who knows if you’re still contagious and even if you bleach your entire house it’s possible it could still lurk.
Does that answer change if there’s infants or old people or similarly fragile folks attending?
For me, I dunno what I’d do. On the one hand, you’re not sick anymore, you did your best to disinfect everything, it’s not like folks stay home from work or shopping or whatever all the time because of fear of getting sick, and it’s a major hassle for everyone involved if you cancel Christmas or Thanksgiving the day before. On the other hand, I’d feel horrible if I passed on something as miserable as a bad cold or norovirus. How do you decide?
I’m just gonna try to stay healthy.