However, some users report feeling more anxious after using them. Nick Rafter, 38, a real estate agent in the Ozone Park section of Queens, released the numbers ahead of social gatherings or trips. “It was mostly out of curiosity, not to decide whether to do them or not,” he said. â€œI wanted to be prepared for what might happen, so I planned ahead. If I had Covid I could at least say, ‘Well the calculator said my odds were good. â€¦ “
But he soon realized that knowing his risk made his emotional state more unstable. â€œI started to think, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have come? Am I infected now? ‘ and I would have a miserable time and I would feel anxious, â€he said. After receiving his recall in November, he decided to stop posting the issues, especially if he was on his way to rallies anyway. (He said he might go back to a calculator in the future. “I’m going on a cruise in February,” he said. “I could see myself using it for that.”)
Some people discover, thanks to calculators, that those around them may not be the best judge of risk. Ms Bergstom was invited on a date recently by a scientist who claimed to be safe and careful. But after he suggested a date to her, she realized that wasn’t the case.
“He told me where he wanted to go, and I looked online, and I ran the numbers, and it’s all in there and very small, and the day and time he got me guest was going to be the most crowded, â€she said. â€œI didn’t even want to suggest anything else. I turned him down because I thought his decision making was wrong.
Other people love calculators because they give them neutral, emotionless data on which to make (and save) decisions.
â€œIt’s like a mediator comes in and says, ‘This is not a good idea,’â€ Lee said. â€œIf your parents want to reunite and you don’t, it takes away the emotions. It’s just a medical opinion that says, “This is not a good idea.”