I was first exposed to COVID-19 on/around March 11th. I went on living my life and felt great until March 25th when I had a sudden onset of symptoms that I thought were the flu and turned out to be COVID-19. I am now 12 days past the date of onset, and today is the first day I have been symptom-free and back to baseline health.
CDC guidelines say:
- Stay in isolation quarantine for at least 7 days from onset, and for 72 hours after you have returned to baseline health.
- Stay quarantined and away from anyone “old” or with a suppressed immune system for 14 days after you have returned to baseline health.
Here’s the problem. A lot of people may be carrying the COVID-19 virus and not know it. Those same people are going out in public or other people’s homes and they either don’t know they have it, and/or they had it and they think they’re fine now but they are still contagious.
Here’s what’s even scarier…kids can carry this virus and not even shows symptoms. And if that virus jumps to an adult, especially an older adult, it can be deadly.
Some people just don’t get it. I want to physically shake them, and I’m hoping maybe my words do the trick. You can’t control what other people do. But you CAN control what you and your family do. Is it hard to stay quarantined and not see the people you love (or seeing people at all)? Absolutely. But until we commit to taking this virus seriously, it’s going to continue spreading. And it’s going to continue killing people.
Stop having people over. Stop going to other people’s homes. Stop checking on family, especially the elderly. Figure out another way.
Here is a compilation of my Zoom’s and FaceTime’s over the past few weeks. I literally have to FaceTime with my kids in my own home because I’m not allowed to be around them.