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Ask Amy: COVID-19 pushes one spouse out of bed

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Readers: Because of syndication scheduling, I write and submit my columns two weeks in advance of publication. Due to this time lag, the Q&A's will not reflect the latest information about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Amy: I live in a small town in Tennessee. I love my wonderful husband, but lately he is being too dramatic about COVID-19. He reminds me five times a day to wash my hands. He is also putting disinfectant wipes in my car.

Amy, I know to wash my hands, and I am not that bothered by him putting wipes in my car.

What really bothers me is that he is telling me to sleep in a different room than him! We have been happily married for 16 years, and we have always slept in the same bed -- even when one of us was sick.

He is telling me to wear rubber gloves when I cook meals for us. He's telling me not to leave the house.

In my opinion, everybody is making too big a deal about COVID-19.


Is my husband overreacting?

-- Frustrated in Tennessee

Dear Frustrated: You seem to be under-reacting. This could be why your husband is so anxious about your -- and his --hygiene and health. Your own attitude and behavior could be influencing an over-correction on his part.

This is from the (informative) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website ( "The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)."


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