What Reopening Means for Immunocompromised Canadians

August 10, 2021

Many people are excited to see things reopening. Lockdowns have made for a long winter and it can be isolating being at home all the time. Zoom fatigue is real, there’s only so many virtual get-togethers you can attend before you long to be physically in the same space as your loved ones.

Everyone is craving a return to normal. Pre-2020 normal. Back when you could go to a concert, book a vacation or go see a movie without giving it a second thought.

The lifting of lockdowns means a somewhat return to normal, for most people. For people like myself, who are immunocompromised, the end of lockdowns is approached with caution and apprehension. The risks of catching Covid-19 for someone who is medically vulnerable are so much higher than that of someone who is relatively healthy.

Leaving the house for me means wearing two masks, carrying my own sanitizer and avoiding crowds whenever possible. At home, I wash my hands more times than I can count. I’ve been vaccinated, as has every eligible person in my home.

I rarely leave my home. I order my groceries online and have them delivered. What I can’t buy online, I send my husband to purchase. I limit my contact with people outside of my home. I’ve had friends and family visit, but they’ve come no further than my driveway.

My worries are compounded when I consider where my children are going to be. Will they return to school? Which friends can they visit? Which friends can we have enter our home? In addition to my precautions, I also have to worry about what my children may catch and bring into our home.

On July 26, 2021, I had the opportunity to speak with CBC Radio to share my views on what reopening means to people like myself. I also shared what steps I hope others take to keep everyone safe. You can listen to the interview here.