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  1. This is probably behind a paywall, but the NY Times has a graph that shows with vaccination rollout, new infections will be very, very low by June/July, if I'm reading the chart right. (And I hope I am!!) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/24/us/covid-vaccine-rollout.html?action=click&algo=bandit-all-surfaces-geo3-alpha-02&block=more_in_recirc&fellback=false&imp_id=87734457&impression_id=548fdb12-5f48-11eb-9b77-e7b6eb357ca6&index=3&pgtype=Article&region=footer&req_id=499713371&surface=more-in-us-news&variant=4_bandit-all-surfaces-geo3-a
  2. I am so sorry. Prayers for you all.
  3. I haven't read the whole thread--maybe this has already been mentioned. When I got my vaccine yesterday I was given a flyer asking me to participate in the CDC v-safe program, which is an app that sends text messages at intervals post vaccine (daily x1 week after injection, then every week x5 weeks, and at 3, 6 and 12 months after the last dose). I think this is a great way for them to gets tons of data on the "safety" of the vaccine. My colleagues that were vaccinated in another location got the brochure as well. (And FYI, I got Moderna, and only complaint is mildly sore arm at injection
  4. Echoing Katie, quoted above. The earliest this guy can be out of quarantine is 8 days. Close contacts need to quarantine a minimum of 7 days after their last contact with the positive person--so out of Q beginning day 8. (The CDC prefers 14 days, but is allowing early out in cases where extended Q causes hardship. ) The day of last contact is Day 0. Needs to have NO symptoms and to test negative on day 5-7 of Q with a PCR (in some states like IL they want the PCR on day 6 or 7, not day 5). So if this guy moves out of the house, and doesn't see wife or kids until 10 days after the last o
  5. Not to derail about testing, but to address this quote about transmission-- Re no known in-school transmission, I can only speak of my own experience in the school where I work closely with this, and am privy to the data. I feel pretty good saying we've had NO KNOWN in school transmission. We've had a couple cases of coach to athlete transmission (that threw about 50 kids in Q) over the summer. We do actually contact trace EVERY case we hear about, as the county health department is more than swamped. There are definitely cases of unknown transmission, but most seem to be in-family trans
  6. Our school is still running the standardized tests, and as previous poster mentioned above, they are all 6 ft apart, facing one way, regular rooms =25% capacity or gyms and larger spaces <50 people. We also have been in school at 25% capacity (approx 700 students in building) since Oct, including eating lunch at school, which makes me nervous. But among students there has been no known in-school student to student transmission with the (many) mitigation measures we have in place. I was SO SO doubtful about the plan at first, but it seems to be working.
  7. Maybe you all discussed this on another thread, but I didn't want to leave the above without explanation. From the CDC website: CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include sto
  8. Is it hilly where you live? I'd get really tired out pulling a trailer with no gears on my bike(am I right that cruiser bikes are one speed?). But $60 is not much to spend and you can re-sell it when she outgrows it. I rode my bike extensively with either the seat behind me (ages 3-4ish) or a tag-a-long (ages 4-7) and loved them both. (I will say we rented a tag-a-long on vacation at one point which was REALLY wobbly compared to the one we owned--so maybe brands are different in how they connect and how stable they are).
  9. Just gotta say--just getting it planned out is an accomplishment to be commended! Good work! Sounds like the new plan is reasonable and do-able. (And if not, you've already shown you are good at making adjustments!)
  10. I have to laugh at Mrs. Pollifax as a sleep aid. The last time I read one I couldn't turn my light off until about 1 am because I couldn't leave the sweet lady tied up in a tent with a bunch of Turkish thieves (or something like that!). It doesn't matter that it's all fiction--I worry about the characters, or the outcome of any tension in the plot line, sigh. I have enjoyed many of the other suggestions as pre-bed reading though (Mitford, Miss Julia, Ladies Detective agency.) Might have to check out some of the others.
  11. I am so, so sorry. Praying for comfort for you, your children and all your loved ones.
  12. Bill, you've mentioned Sous Vide many times over the years. I just can't get on board cooking something in plastic. Any thoughts or research on that aspect? I love the idea, but hot plastic touching my food concerns me.
  13. Were you truly isolated from him during his entire isolation? You were in Q, so unlikely to get it from another source. I think you need to call your primary and get tested. It certainly could be a sinus infection, and if his isolation was excellent, it most likely is. But why guess?
  14. Adding an interesting article I found when googling about shortening Q time that mentions specifically timed testing: https://elemental.medium.com/new-science-suggests-how-to-shorten-quarantine-7cad61243428
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