If it’s longer, absolutely. If it’s shorter, we would follow the dates recommended by the CDC or local department of health. You’re all having a difficult time with younger employees understanding and relaying accurate information about their exposures. Just because a school closed, it doesn’t mean your employee was exposed. School closures are more likely linked to their ability to staff than the number of excluded students. You can ask for the student to share anything that they received in writing from the school and you can contact the local DOH and ask for specifics about school-related exposures.
Great question and this is the first time we’ve been asked this one. The answer is yes. The apps don’t notify someone who passes a COVID positive in a store. They notify someone who has 15+ minutes of close contact or very close physical contact.
The vaccine protects a person from becoming ill when they are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unfortunately, there isn’t any evidence that it prevents you from spreading the virus. So even if you’re vaccinated, you may still spread the virus if you’re infected, so you’ll need to wear a mask to protect those around you who have not been vaccinated.
The reliability of rapid tests varies, and there are some new reports out about the possibility of false positives in asymptomatic patients, but the overall rate of false positives is still very low. We recommend treating ANY positive, rapid of PCR, as valid based on the rarity of false positive results, and excluding this person for 10 days from the date of symptom onset, or of the positive test date if they’re asymptomatic.
Now that the FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine, and others are on the way. Here’s McKinsey’s take on what’s next.
It’s a Friday night so this just seems so right…. (thanks Patrick Sterling for sharing this).