Like some many families around the country, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are quarantining at home with their children, Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5. Being stuck inside for such an extended time can put a strain on any relationship, as the couple admitted in an Instagram Live interview with Katie Couric.
“We’re getting along good with the kids and we’re getting along good with adults we’re friends with. This has been stressful for momma and dada,” Shepard admitted.
Bell added: “We’ve been at each other’s throats real bad, real bad.” They said the interview was “as physically close as we’ve been in a couple of days ’cause we’ve just found each other revolting.”
“America’s sweetheart has some character defects,” Shepard added.
Shepard then left the room and Couric suggested they find ways to spend time apart but still be in the house.
“He’s too big, Katie. He’s too loud and too big. He’s everywhere,” Bell responded.
Bell also talked about how hard this has been for the kids who are missing birthday parties and friends.
“Kids are worried about missing their summer camps, they’re missing their birthdays. My daughter’s birthday was on Friday. It was a bummer,” she said. “We did a big Zoom class party and had all the parents on FaceTime, but it wasn’t really the same.
“As a parent you can see when their eyes are asking questions and their mouths don’t know how to say it. So we’ve been very open about telling them what the disease is,” Bell said. “We’ve tried to give them an opportunity to ask questions, but it hasn’t really happened. It’s kind of strange.”
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.