After months of social distancing and lockdowns, people around the world are anxious, lonely and yearning to see friends and family. But in many places, especially the U.S., the pandemic is far from over. How do we balance the risk of infection with the very real human need to socialize?

Melissa Hawkins, an epidemiologist at American University, explains that quarantine bubbles – dubbed “quaranteams” – could be the answer to this conundrum. Quarantine bubbles don’t eliminate risk entirely, but, when the people involved are honest, communicate and follow the rules, the evidence suggests quaranteams could be the best way forward.

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Quaranteams offer a way to limit the risk of infection while also maintaining social contacts and mental health. Oqvector / iStock Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

Melissa Hawkins, American University

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

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