We all have different Covid comfort levels these days—here’s how to manage those relationships

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not being direct with others about your Covid comfort level, says Jessica Borelli, a psychological science [associate] professor at UC Irvine. A clear understanding of each other’s boundaries can ensure that no one is accidentally placed in an uncomfortable situation, and inform the decisions you make when you see each other, she says. Share both your preferences and the reasoning behind them, Borelli recommends. … Never assume other people’s comfort levels and safety statuses, she says.