It might be in the far future, but every now and then the thought pops up:
- How will friends and family react when I return?
- Will they avoid me?
- Will they tell me made-up stories in order to prevent a meeting?
- Will my family count-down the days and only welcome me after 21 have past?
- And what is my own position?
- Am I a risk for my family?
- Should I avoid contact on my own initiative to protect my loved ones?
- Should I put myself in quarantine for 21 days?
Reports from others show, the reactions are mixed. And this is also what I expect to encounter in my own environment. Initially I had planned to participate in a yoga retreat in March. But could I do so now? Could I carry the responsibility? Body contact, after sweat drenching exercise, is unavoidable. Should I keep my duty station secret? Even lie?
I say it straight forward: I havent done my decision yet. You might think Im a bad person and that Im knowingly put others at risk. But the facts are on my side: Only after developing signs of a sickness, an Ebola patient becomes contagious. As long as you keep certain procedures and keep up regular monitoring, measure your temperature and observe suspicious symptoms, there is practically no risk for your contact group.
However, doubts remain. How can I act responsible and avoid spending my annual leave in self-made quarantine at the same time?
This article is my translation of the original German post.