Clear directions of what to do if exposed
Nothing. For seven days. Or fourteen. Don't call us and we won't call you.
You'd think after nearly a year of this that we'd have figured a clear set of directions and processes.
Dana got a text of Facebook whatever from a friend of hers with whom she spent a distanced, outside social hour with last Saturday. Friend just tested positive. So Dana is one degree of separation and I'm two from Covid. I guess it had to happen eventually and I think the odds are actually pretty low that we are infected (assuming that that the physical interaction happened as described — I didn't ask too many questions).
We found out last night and I called my medical system who told me that their current procedure is for us to self quarantine for 7 days and get tested only if we have symptoms. Of course the CDC says 2-14 days. And they both say that a negative test does not rule out possible infection. So what is the point of getting tested? IF positive and not about to die THEN quarantine. IF negative THEN quarantine. IF about to die THEN skip the test and try to find a hospital. Never made much sense to me.
Not many of you have heard of Cedar Fever but here in central Texas we had as of yesterday the worst pollen count of what is a very bad year. The difference between suffering from the Cedar (not really a cedar, actually a juniper variant, Texans just calls it cedar to confuse everyone) allergy and Covid is you can die from Covid and mostly people with Cedar Fever just wish they were dead. Other than that they have very similar symptoms. Dana has been suffering for days. She has no temperature and can still smell and taste but otherwise has mostly been in bed trying to find ways to breath and stop coughing without getting worse.
I'm pretty sure we're safe and I suspect we'll find a way to get her tested. If she is clear then I'm not concerned about me (and not much anyway). If she is infected, well Happy 2021!