In an effort to escape the chaos and depression of urban environments during the pandemic, six friends and I have moved to a mansion in Hawaii until the world returns to normal.
We’re all pretty happy with our decision and slowly adapting to our new lives but one question that remains is what protocols we should put in place regarding visitors to our house, given that any one individual’s actions can impact many of us. That said, our island (Maui) has an extremely low incidence of COVID, and anyone that flies into Maui must, by law, take a COVID test 72 hours prior to flying or quarantine for two weeks.
All that being said, our current rule is that any newcomer to the island must wait 5 days before being allowed into our house. We do not have standardized screening questions but we do ask about risk factors. And we do have newcomers take a blood oximeter reading before entering after the 5 days too.
What could we improve about our protocol to be more science-based? I realize in an ideal world no visitors would be allowed at all but that’s just not realistic (and also Maui is very low risk b/c it’s an island where everyone has taken a test) so I’m turning to you all to help me with harm reduction and making the best of the situation.