None of us planned for the quarantine to go on quite this long. Want to widen your social circle a teensy bit to stop yourself from going bananas? Here’s how to have the conversation.

In some places, households are being encouraged to buddy up for the sake of variety and mental health.  However, such moves come with risks and consequences, on top of the obvious benefits. Negotiating the tricky areas by setting a foundation of complete, honest, and open communication can help to minimize risk (and hurt feelings) for all parties involved. Read on for nine recommended steps to help navigate this unusual, but sometimes very beneficial, arrangement.

MIT Technology Review: A guide to negotiating a covid “bubble” with other people