Monday, December 27, 2021

CoViD-19: San Diego Reports 8,301 Cases Over Christmas | CDC Revises Isolation Guidance | Plane Crashes In El Cajon | Rain & Snow Hit The West |

A small dusting of snow before the major storm hit Mt Laguna (Taken 12.27.21)

Here we go again. Today the CDC changed their guidance for isolation and quarantine, and COVID-Twitter went insane, calling the move political, reckless, and misguided. After reading them deeper, I understand, but I'm not alone in thinking it is a HUGE mistake to apply it to asymptomatic people across the board, regardless of vaccination status, and not requiring a negative test before ending isolation and quarantine. I find the idea that "everyone will get it" horrifying and now it feels like we're trying to make that happen sooner rather than later. 

We have kinda been isolating since Christmas even though we were all negative on our antigen tests on Christmas night. Darren and Nova finally got their PCR test results from Wednesday and both were negative. I don't understand why I haven't gotten mine but I'm sure it will come in the morning. The news reported that there were 25,000 tests that day so I'll cut the county a break, though it is unfortunate that there isn't a more streamlined way to get results to people instead of having people manually emailing everyone one at a time. At least getting tested in the first place has been relatively easy for us for the duration of the pandemic. It isn't that way everywhere, so props to San Diego County for actually spending the Biden Bucks where it's needed. 

It doesn't mean we're exclusively staying home, however. Last night we did a nighttime walk around the neighborhood, up to Adams and through Normal Heights and checking out what Christmas lights are still on. This afternoon we were going to take Ficus to Mission Trails and instead we got a wild hair and drove to Mt. Laguna. Because it wasn't planned, we didn't bring gloves or sleds or really any snow gear, but we had enough jackets and hoodies and our rainboots on so it wasn't too bad. We drove all the way to our favorite spot and it started to actually get a slight dusting of snow, so we literally ran around for 30 minutes before driving through Julian and returning back home. We considered stopping for pie, but the truth is that I know a lot of those rural bedroom communities stand on the anti-vax, anti-mask side of things and who wants to take that risk? So we drove home, stopping for gas in Ramona, and making it home in time to escape the heavy rains that seemed to start as soon as we walked in our door. Talk about timing! 

Things are kinda scary right now. Err on the side of caution. 
Stay safe out there. 

  • COVID-19:
    • CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population - CDC (12.27.21)
      • US officials recommend shorter COVID isolation, quarantine - AP News (12.27.21)
        • The clock starts the day you test positive.
        • An infected person should go into isolation for five days, instead of the previously recommended 10.
        • At the end of five days, if you have no symptoms, you can return to normal activities but must wear a mask everywhere — even at home around others — for at least five more days.
        • If you still have symptoms after isolating for five days, stay home until you feel better and then start your five days of wearing a mask at all times.
      • Shortens the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic
      • Isolation to be followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others
      • Recommended 5 day quarantine + 5 days of masking if exposed to infected person for unvaccinated or people more than six months past vaccine (or more than 2 for J&J) but not yet boosted. 
      • If 5 day quarantine is not feasible, exposed person should wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure
      • Best practice is to test at day 5 after exposure
      • Anyone showing any symptoms should quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

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