We've employed our helper for a few years. She has her faults, but we've renewed her since she's good at housework and our kids are used to her.
Recently we've been concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and asked her to be careful on Sundays. She told us that she meets friends at a boarding house. I think she meant to suggest that she isn't hanging around Central, but a bunch of people confined in a small space sounds even worse. Last week, my wife mentioned that the Philippine Consulate is advising domestic helpers to stay home on their day off and asked her to consider resting at home. She did and we gave her some extra money as a gesture.
The other day, I learned that my kid's piano teacher had come over after a hiatus since the outbreak started. Had a small argument with the wife about the wisdom of resuming lessons and why it hadn't been discussed. Late at night, the helper sent me a string of dramatic text messages, on one hand complaining that my wife didn't allow her out (not quite true), but also saying she was worried the kids might get the virus from the piano teacher's visit (why only the kids?). What do you think her angle is with this side communication? Does she think I'm going to keep it from my wife?