Rachel Maes isn’t sure which member of her family got COVID-19 first.
But with repeated exposures at daycare, school and work for Rachel, her fiancée, three young children and her live-in parents, it “seemed inevitable” that someone in her home would be infected with the highly contagious Omicron variant.
By early January, the entire household had tested positive for COVID-19.
Fortunately, the family’s symptoms were mild, which Rachel attributes to the fact that every eligible member was fully immunized.
“At this point it's not so much about preventing COVID-19 as it is about making sure everyone is vaccinated and boosted,” she says. “I’ll do anything that I can to give my children an extra layer of safety.”