We’ve made some minor tweaks and fixed a few things on the exclusion chart this week. Here’s the link: See the full chart here, new changes are highlighted in yellow.
Great question! The NYS DOH and the CDC both say yes - we don’t know what antibodies mean, we don’t know how long they last, and we don’t know someone can’t get COVID twice. So although we’re optimistic that someone with COVID antibodies has a lesser likelihood to become sick, their guidance is that we continue to screen and exclude like any other employee.
We are not excluding employees for “secondhand” exclusions at this time. If they didn’t come into contact with a person who is sick or confirmed positive, they may continue to work. If the person that the employee was in direct close contact with develops COVID symptoms or tests positive, then the employee might be excluded at that point. Until then, no action except to reiterate to the employee that it is incredibly important that they let us know if their friend/family member/roommate gets sick or tests positive. And that in the meantime they monitor themselves for symptoms, stay home when sick, wear a mask at work, and wash their hands frequently.
Great question, and the answer is: we’re not sure yet. This does potentially mean that it’s more important than we had previously thought to ensure good ventilation indoors. It might mean increasing your ventilation capacity, mandating that doors are kept open whenever and wherever possible, and possible adding filtration systems.The CDC hasn’t issued formal guidance yet, but we’re working with them and with our team to keep up to date on what businesses should be doing.
Short answer, no. If someone is at least 10 days from symptom onset, they have no fever and haven’t taken fever-reducing meds for the past 3 days, and their respiratory symptoms are resolved, they are extremely unlikely to be infectious, even if they are still testing positive. We base their ability to end self-isolation and return to work on those criteria because they may test positive for weeks after they’re no longer infectious.
No. Whether or not they tested positive doesn’t matter if it has been 10 days, including three days fever free without fever-reducing meds and their respiratory symptoms are resolved. The CDC has again stated that anyone who wasn’t sick enough to require hospitalization is no longer infectious after ten days from onset of symptoms.
We always like Wired’s coverage and this is an especially good read - three months later and they went back to visit again with Larry Brilliant.