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COVID-19 Briefing - Tuesday, 2/23

A sobering milestone, COVID shaming and an update on vaccines.

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Today's Recap:

Best Questions:

Does the new reduced need for exclusion for vaccinated individuals mean they don’t need to quarantine after traveling?

Travel quarantines are up to individual states (and countries) - some have them and others don’t. As a result, some states have adopted the reduced exclusions and some have not (Indiana is one that has not).  So the answer is - you’ll need to check and it may change while traveling.

We’re starting to see some possible Noro-like symptoms (like an employee vomiting 8+ times). What should we do?

We’re starting to see a lot more Norovirus-like symptoms cropping up in the past week. Our clinical team tends to use a general rule of thumb that 5x or more vomiting and/or diarrhea in a day should be treated like it might be Noro. Other things to watch out for are 2 or more employees sick with vomiting and diarrhea. First, identify if the employee has worked in the past 24 hours. If they have, use the Noro Sanitizing Punch List (available in our app!). Be sure to also check if they live with any other employees - if so, exclude those household members for 2 days to monitor if any symptoms develop.

Do people who previously had COVID need to be vaccinated? Should they be deprioritized?

Even if you’ve already had COVID, you should get vaccinated. We’ve seen reinfection where someone gets infected with COVID again months after their first infection. Plus, we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts after COVID or how well it protects against other variants. Basically, the vaccine is a better bet than natural immunity for protecting you. Right now, the CDC is not recommending that previously COVID+ people are deprioritized in the vaccination line. Basically, you should get vaccinated regardless of whether you’ve had it or not, and we generally recommend getting vaccinated whenever you’re eligible in your state. A few notable exceptions: if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days, and if you’re currently sick with COVID, you should wait until your symptoms are resolved before getting a COVID vaccine.

Best Read:

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel but it’s a long tunnel.”

Best Laugh:

This 105-year-old beat COVID. She credits gin-soaked raisins. Our clinical experts can’t confirm that this works but they’re definitely interested in testing it out...

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