If your spouse told you that as of Sept. 1, 2023, the two of

If your spouse told you that as of Sept. 1, 2023, the two of you would be resuming life as it was in 2019, before Covid-19, with no more mask wearing, going out to lots of restaurants, etc., and that if you did not want to do that then your marriage would end, what would you do?

Just to clarify, you don't feel safe resuming typical pre covid living?

@CKBlossom We are old enough to be considered high risk. We have had some dental appointments and doctors appointments, always masked until we had to unmask. We also went to a nice restaurant recently, masked until we were seated. The restaurant was only about 35% full. Our waiter told us that the restaurant’s business has not come all the way back to pre-pandemic levels, which demonstrates that some people are still staying away from such settings. One doctor, who is slightly younger than we are, advised that she always stays masked while out, except when she is eating in a restaurant. Another doctor, who is also slightly younger than we are, advised that she and her husband got Covid-19 during an unmasked visit with a relative. After Paxlovid, she and her husband both had Covid rebound. He got a second course of Paxlovid and was fine. My doctor did not do a second course of Paxlovid, and became very ill. I don’t see any reason to go around unmasked and deliberately get Covid-19, with potential long-term consequences, including cognitive impairment. There are better vaccines coming. One would not want to regret having been impatient.

Got it, thank you for clarifying. But she feels that she is over masking and living life as you have been doing for the last couple of years and wants to change things up?

My doctor said it is no longer a pandemic and as long as you are vaccinated, 2 shot vaccine and 2 boosters you should be good. I don't see an issue with masking in large crowds if you don't feel safe, but on the other hand, you can go back to living.

Just wanted to check in and see how you guys were doing.

Just trying to get used to the idea that eventually we will both get Covid, and although it will probably be unpleasant, we will probably be OK. It's just so weird. We wouldn't go to a restaurant that has a reputation for giving customers food poisoning. But we go to restaurants knowing that sooner or later it will probably lead to getting Covid.