Have you noticed that in the last year-plus, we as a society have become super sensitive about certain things and our senses have been heightened a bit? Not necessarily super sensitive in a negative way, just more aware to things.

For example, pre-pandemic, we may see someone half-cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, or not even cover it at all, and just go about our day without blinking or thinking twice. But if something like that happens now, we're pretty much reaching for our can of Lysol and creating an antibacterial forcefield around ourselves.

Why is this relevant, you may be asking yourself? Because Reddit user nottamod delivered a PSA to other Maine parents the other day on Reddit that struck a cord with some, and not necessarily in disagreement.

Now, even though nottamod may have been a bit harsh calling other parents "dumb," the frustration is a bit understandable, because are they necessarily wrong? It's hard to make an argument that they are.

It doesn't even necessarily have to be a COVID thing -- take COVID out of the picture. If you're fighting off the sniffles, a full out cold, the flu, the chicken pox -- it can be a pretty selfish move to drop your kiddo, who could be sick since you could be or are sick, off at a public daycare. Think of the chain of events -- if any test you take comes back positive, your kiddo could be sick, and then infect other kiddos, who could go home and infect their families -- in essence, it's the chain of events that got us in the mess we dealt with for over a year in the first place.


It's the same for animals, too. If your dog is hacking up a lung or has nonstop eye boogers, why are you going to ignore those symptoms and drop your pup(s) off at doggy daycare and risk infecting other dogs, who they cost their owners possible thousands of dollars at the vet between testing and meds?

Considering all that we've been through the last year-plus, let's regroup and be smarter about how we operate. Odds are, if you're in a position to get a COVID test, you're quarantined at home for a set amount of days, so there's no reason to drop your kiddo off at daycare since you're home with them. Let's be better at looking out for each other so we can avoid ever having to go through something like we're still working to get out of currently, ever again.

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