Creating a pandemic social bubble: A how to guide

Michelle Heker, Jess Alvarez, Alex Beale, and Travis Preston have formed a social distancing bubble this spring to ride out the pandemic.

(CNN)Call it your cohort, your pod, your bubble, your squad, or your quaranteam.

Whatever you call it, forming a group to go through the next few months could be key to getting through the summer with your mental health intact.
Social distancing guidelines are expected to be in place throughout the summer, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, a top official on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, but experts say hunkering down with others could be a next step as governments begin to lift some restrictions.
    "We had this issue forced on us early in the pandemic as we were going to discharge a patient," said Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist at Columbia University Medical Center.
    Some people had families at home, but some were facing recover