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Fri Jan 7, 2022, 02:38 PM Jan 2022

That 5 day COVID isolation guidance feels strange

So given we were both positive, neither of us have gone to public areas since last week. However, staples have been getting a bit low, so it feels like a trip to Costco is in order this morning. I went to the CDC guidance page to see what could be seen.

The guidance for isolation is 5 days after symptoms start. The way omicron has been running with us and our friends/family who have also tested positive, it has taken almost five days just to have it run its course. I didn't feel approximately ok until Day 5. It was the first day I didn't take advil. CDC guidance says five days, and you can end isolation after that if you don't have a fever or heavy symptoms.

It's Day 9 for me, and I think I'm fine. Light run of the mill winter/cold air congestion, no fatigue. Partner has a persistent but occasional cough - once or twice an hour there's some of that deep chest action he's had since he started.

I'm skipping gym for another week, because it's an enclosed space with a lot of breathing. Doesn't feel quite responsible to go yet. Just walking and bike riding until then. But I do need to go to the store.

But 5 Days. Even though I didn't need advil by Day 5, going out in public does not feel like it would've been at all responsible. I think the store is fine. Mask, way social distance out of caution for others. But if I didn't work from home and had to go back to the office on Monday? I don't think anyone would've been entirely safe around me. Literally the day after symptoms, we're all good with being around co-workers?

The thought feels very strange.

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That 5 day COVID isolation guidance feels strange (Original Post) Sympthsical Jan 2022 OP
This message was self-deleted by its author dewsgirl Jan 2022 #1
It's strange for actual people but makes perfect sense for Capital. WhiskeyGrinder Jan 2022 #2
Walensky (head of CDC) gave a pretty clear statement... LAS14 Jan 2022 #3
And likely nothing at all to do with Delta Airlines lobbying... Hiawatha Pete Jan 2022 #4
Ah. Wondered which corporate jackasses pushed the idiocy. Good to know - thanks. nt crickets Jan 2022 #5

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3. Walensky (head of CDC) gave a pretty clear statement...
Fri Jan 7, 2022, 02:46 PM
Jan 2022

... on TV the other day. Lots of data now shows that transmissibility starts about 2 days before symptoms and lasts through 2 days after symptoms. No one was transmissible more than 5 days after onset of symptoms. Change is based on the accumulation of data.

It's the 2 days before symptoms that are the trickiest.

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