Just after I sent out my May newsletter, the Northern Isles Knitting Cruise was cancelled. This came as no surprise, really.
Shortly after that, I decided to back away from traveling to teach for the rest of 2020. It felt like the right decision to make, from the standpoint of not taking a chance on getting sick and – more to the point – not taking part in an event where many people might get sick.
And then I read this article. This bit resonated with me:
“Social distancing guidelines don’t hold in indoor spaces where you spend a lot of time […]. Social distancing rules are really to protect you with brief exposures or outdoor exposures.”
Am I succumbing to confirmation bias? Am I overreacting? It’s possible, I suppose. Maybe washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, and wearing face masks will be enough to keep people safe in airports, airplanes, hotels, and classrooms. But I don’t relish the idea of wearing a face mask while teaching, so I’m taking time off from teaching in person. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do so.