DEAR MISS MANNERS: I dwell in New York, and am fortunate to have many mates involved for me in the course of the pandemic (notably from my house nation, which is much much less affected).

Judith Martin 

I say “fortunate,” however initially, I was drowning in their concern.

At one stage, I acquired messages from individuals I hadn’t heard from for years, and requests for video calls from morning to nighttime, which I was unable to maintain up with. On the similar time, numerous “buddy examine” textual content teams sprung up, with every social group requiring a check-in.

I’m nonetheless working, plus a lot of my mates are at house and contacting me at awkward hours. Over time, I’ve been in a position to gently persuade some to back off — reminding them that I’m nicely, completely satisfied, nonetheless employed, have a secure house, and am an introvert who likes isolation.