Public Service Announcement
Lyme Disease cannot be contracted through casual contact. Hugging or shaking hands with a Lymey is completely safe. Even if you share a drink or food (not that we ever advise that you share food and drinks with anybody), you will be safe. Please be considerate and don’t act weird and be afraid to come in contact with them, because they cannot make you sick. It is very hurtful to see people act nervous around them. They need human contact just like any other person.
On the opposite end because Lymeys have a compromised immune system, the environment becomes challenging and hazardous for them. Many things healthy people take for granted in their daily lives, such as the ability of their immune system to fight off ever-present germs, or being able to move comfortably in many environments. When you interact with a Lymey take these factors into consideration and be very careful not to pass anything on, if you have a cold or something like a sore throat. Even a simple cold can make a Lymey tremendously sick and cause them to suffer for weeks, even months to come. Know that they are being polite around you to not hurt your feelings, while they are scared to death to get infected; because they know the consequences.