Expert Weighs In On Whether Or Not It’s Safe to Hug a Relative After You’ve Been Quarantining for Weeks

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At this point in the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, we all have our established quarantine buddies—aka our family members who we were living with at the time the pandemic struck.

Now that certain states are beginning to reopen, it feels like we might want to loosen our restrictions a little. But how safe are certain activities, even in light of businesses beginning to reopen their doors?

One of the biggest questions experts continue to get relate to seeing family members. It can be hard for many to go so long without being able to see their moms, dads, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. in person. Can we at least go to their house, give them a hug, and be on our way?

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not a black or white “yes” or “no.” As we learn more and more about COVID-19, we know that it’s a pretty complex illness. For example, there’s a large percentage of people who don’t show symptoms, even if they test positive, so you can’t simply go by whether or not a family member is feeling well or not.

Additionally, you might assume that because a family member has isolated themselves from the outside world for two weeks that they’re safe to hug, but that may not be completely accurate either. We really need to continue to learn more about the virus to fully understand the effects.

That said, it’s completely your choice. While we can’t know 100% whether it’s safe or not, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you feel comfortable hugging or being in close proximity to a family member you haven’t quarantined with.

Take a listen to ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explain what to consider beforehand.

Knowing all of this, would you hug a family member right now?