A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Reuniting With Loved Ones in Person

Think long and hard before deciding to meet up with friends or family. Your own health is a priority, and you want to be considerate of others, too.

Contracting COVID-19 is a lot about the company you keep, explains Stephen Berger, MD, infectious disease expert and co-founder of GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network). But the places you go can make a difference, too.

“Infectious material enters our body through our mouth or nose — either because you were within a few feet of a human carrier, or because something brought this material to the area of our face,” Dr. Berger says.