A Strategy for Covid Shutdown Sanity

Let’s call it the “Covid Commune.”

Credit for this idea goes to Lyn’s youngest, who teaches in Nevada. It makes so much sense on so many levels.

When the quarantine hit, four families opted to go into quarantine together rather than each one individually. The kids had played together for years so it made sense. The families were already exposed to each other and now maintain a virus barrier against the rest of the world.

The benefits:

  • Adults and children get to socialize with each other. No one goes nuts being isolated.
  • Adults get to share responsibilities. If one is required to leave the home, there’s another adult to cover. That includes sharing meals, grocery shopping and other normal tasks.
  • Kids can help each other with schoolwork.
  • Adults have complementary skills and technology resources. You’re more resilient than you would be alone.

And no, you don’t have to share a home to do this. You just have to be rigorous with the protocol.

You can only do this with people whom you can trust. If someone breaches the quarantine, everyone gets hurt. However, if you like the people and trust the people, your own little commune can make it much easier to cope.


  1. As you say. The critical thing for me is this static versus dynamic element. My daughter wanted to be included in our (wife and I) bubble, midway through the lockdown. That she had already stayed in 3 or 4 places while everybody else was locked down suggested to me a kind-of laissez-faire approach which made me uncomfortable.
    While these bubbles *can* be dynamic, as long as somebody quarantines their way in, I think the person’s underlying attitude is important.


  2. Honestly, no one ever said we had to quarantine alone. Families quarantine as families, and then there’s the question of how you care to define “family.” Further, you can create virtual boundaries that encompass multiple dwellings. That’s why I like the concept of “quarantine commune.”

    It’s actually not necessary to make quarantine a suffering experience.


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