HOW SERIOUS IS COVID-19, RIGHT NOW (JANUARY 6TH, 2022)?
- “COVID-19 has rebounded with a vengeance in the golden state” -Los Angeles Times Jan.4, 2022
- 7,345 new cases are being reported a day in San Diego. 1 week ago 4,234 new cases were being reported a day.
- San Diego has 482,000 cases and 4,487 deaths so far.
- Los Angeles has 3 times as many cases.
- 59,311 new cases are being reported a day in California. 8 days ago 30,162 new cases were being reported a day.
- In the U.S. we are close to having the same amount of hospitalizations as we were at the peak of January 2021. (127,997 last year, and 103.647). The cases of hospitalizations in California have doubled in the last 2 weeks. Fortunately, the number of ICU admissions in the U.S. is lower (28,545 hospitalizations last year, versus 19,651 this year).
- The State Department of Public Health stated that unvaccinated Californians are 14.5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 15 times more likely to die from the disease than their fully vaccinated counterparts.
WHO CAN GET COVID-19?
- Vaccinated & boosted
- Already tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered
- Any age, gender, ethnicity
WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN EXPOSURE?
- If you’ve been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
- That’s right! Even if you were only around someone infected with COVID-19, within 6 feet, for only minutes at a time, but all those minutes add up to 15 minutes, the Omicron variant has had ample opportunity to successfully infect you.
HOW SOON CAN I EXPECT TO SEE SYMPTOMS?
- Anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
WHAT SYMPTOMS AM I LOOKING FOR?
- Flu symptoms (e.g. body aches, fatigue)
- Cold symptoms (e.g. scratchy throat, sore throat, coughing, runny nose,)
- Rarely gastro-intestinal symptoms
WHEN SHOULD I TEST?
- If you have any symptoms you should get tested for COVID-19.
- Test 2-5 days from known exposure date
- If you tested negative, 2 days after exposure, wait 1-2 days and test again to ensure you’re actually negative.
- If you live in a household with someone who tested positive, and you develop symptoms it’s safe to assume that you have COVID-19. No need to test, especially in light of the shortages of tests.
WHERE SHOULD I TEST?
- At-home tests are difficult to come by, right now. If you are lucky, you can buy them at major pharmacies (e.g. Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid), or order from Amazon and other online sites.
- Free testing sites are experiencing a huge surge of people needing testing. With that comes long lines (ie. The free testing site in San Marcos had a 9-hour wait a few days ago.)
- Free testing sites in San Diego: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Nearby/index.html?appid=f3e3c0f175fd4ee782b781833d7bb0fb. Or start at www.SanDiegoCounty.gov and click on “Find Site By Location”
- Additional COVID-19 testing options. Click the link(s) below:
- Bayview Baptist Church (via Color) https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=bayviewbaptist
- PureCare Pharmacy www.purecarepharmacy.com
- San Ysidro Health www.syhc.org
- TrueCare www.truecare.org
- DoctorNow www.doctornowsandiego.net
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE TESTING SITE IS A SCAMMER?
- All legitimate COVID-19 testing sites should be able to show you their medical credentials upon request.
- They should also be able to tell you what laboratory test is being used
- They should know where the test is being run and how the results will be reported back to you.
- A testing site could be fake if they ask for social security numbers or other non-medical information.
- Be suspicious if their materials do not have a logo.
- Be wary if they have set up on a sidewalk and are not affiliated with a medical provider.
CAN I STILL SPREAD COVID-19 IF I’VE TESTED POSITIVE BUT I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS?
NOW THAT I HAVE A KNOWN COVID-EXPOSURE & I TESTED WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Quarantine for 5 days if unvaccinated, or if you are more than 6 months out from your 2nd vaccine dose.
- After your 5 days you should wear your mask, at all times, for an additional 5 days to keep from spreading the virus.
- If you still have symptoms after isolating for 5 days, stay home until you feel better and then start your 5 days of wearing a mask at all times.
HOW DO I CALCULATE MY ISOLATION PERIOD?
- The first day you experience symptoms, or test positive, is Day 0. That means that Day 1 is the first full day after you experienced symptoms.
- For those with no symptoms, Day 0 is the day you tested positive.
- For those that tested positive, have no symptoms, but then develop symptoms later, have to start their isolation period over. So, Day 0 is the day the symptoms showed up.
- For specific details on how to isolate see the following:
DO I HAVE TO QUARANTINE AFTER I TRAVEL?
- Test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If you chose not to test, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE OFFICE?
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain, or pressure in your chest
- Inability to wake, or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
- Any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you
WHAT IF I’M IN THE HIGH-RISK AGE GROUP (OVER 65)?
- If you’re under 65 and you have COVID-19, and you have manageable symptoms (see “When Should I Call The Office for reference to unmanageable symptoms) take care of yourself the same way you would with a cold. Get plenty of rest, hydrate, take over-the-counter medications for symptoms (e.g. Tylenol/ibuprofen for aches and headaches, decongestants for runny nose, etc.)
- IIf you’re over 65 and you have COVID-19 call 619-685-2500. A doctor will screen you to see if you are a candidate for the monoclonal antibody.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE NEW DRUG TO TREAT COVID-19?
- It’s called Paxlovid and should be available soon.
- It’s supposed to be distributed to pharmacies this month. But, very likely that it will not be widely available due to very low production right now.
- Be aware: the most common adverse events from Paxlovid are diarrhea, high blood pressure, muscle aches, and altered/impaired sense of taste.
WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION?