Tito, I have been shielding for almost a year now. I go to the grocery store doubled masked and only during senior hour. I walk the other direction if someone sneezes or coughs, don’t walk down busy aisles or do self-checkout if it is busy.I follow all of the protocols that have been recommended. I use hand sanitizer before I enter my vehicle. I still wipe down my purchases with Clorox wipes.I wash my hands immediately when I arrive home, 20 seconds.
Regarding the vaccine, I believe, comorbidity must be considered when SCD individuals are deciding whether to take the vaccine or not. I believe, in a medical setting, is a must for me (rather than drive-thru or drug store). Since I am 67y, and SCD is progressive, I do not need to take risks lightly.
Favorable habits for individuals with SCD maybe more acceptable for me due to age. IDK. I like drinking water; I dress warmer (over dress) in the colder temperatures; I eat healthier foods but I love sweets!
Remember we are individuals first who have SCD and go from there. God Bless!