I live with my parents, and I work in the healthcare industry. I'd like to continue working in the healthcare industry, however there are some issues that I have trouble resolving. Specifically, assuaging my parents' fears of contracting Coronavirus in the workplace. A common fear that they share is that people working in the healthcare industry often face a higher risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. This issue is exacerbated because:
- I have a customer facing job, which only heightens my parents' fears
- I work part-time, so simply "self-quarantining" myself or taking time off work isn't an option
- I have a good working relationship with my peers and my boss, and I don't want to quit (I don't want to burn bridges).
- I work in an area that already has multiple cases of people contracted with Coronavirus
Essentially, I have a hard time convincing my parents that I'd like to continue working in the healthcare industry, especially in this current job (at the moment), despite the Coronavirus outbreak. When I start and end conversations them, it always ends with the underlying fear that "something may happen", or "something will happen soon".
How can I assuage my parents' fears, especially as they work in jobs that allow them to self-quarantine themselves, and still be able to work in the job I want to work?
My parents do acknowledge that Coronavirus is not the only one thing one can get in the workplace, but given that the known symptoms of Corona match up with the flu (and given it is flu season around this time), it doesn't help to calm them down.