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The Covid-19 Thread: News, Preparation Tips, Etc

meka72

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I don’t even know where to put this but my eyesight has deteriorated due to steroids from my annual bout of bronchitis that I have to have cataract surgery on both eyes before the end of the year or lose my license. It’s gonna be complicated and super expensive with the out of pocket costs bc I’m like one of the youngest ophthalmology patients at 38 so I can’t just get the standard geriatric lens. I just had laser eye surgery last year in December bc I also had elevated IOP and am considered pre-glaucoma. My dad lost a ton of vision in his left eye earlier this year bc he has a severe case but he’s 76. At this point I’m just drinking hot toddy’s and cracking up at all this mess in 2020 bc what else are you gonna do? :lol:
Sending good vibes your way.
 

Everything Zen

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@Everything Zen Girl, you have more than my thoughts and prayers. I'm sending you my energy too. Sometimes all you can do is laugh about it. Or get a few drinks. Or both. I won't judge. I'll probably join you virtually.

Just when you think you've adjusted to 2020 it manages to surprise you.

My aunt passed last week. She hadn't been tested and the EMS determined it was natural causes but we don't know. Her symptoms could've been covid or something else. I tried to take her to urgent care the night she died but she refused and told me she'd go the day after. But the day after we found her in her home.

Found out over the weekend that a cousin has a brain tumor. It hasn't been confirmed yet but the assumption is that it's cancerous.

And this is random but my dentist is basically stalking me about my overdue dental cleaning. I appreciate the effort and concern about my health but I'm really not comfortable when I can't wear a mask and other people's germs, spittle, and whatever else is aerosolized in that space. Does anyone know what precautions dentists are taking? Maybe if they can assure me they're doing something special I'll consider going but I feel like I need to get my vitamin d levels tested before even thinking about it. I'm around my mother often and I'm not gonna do anything that indirectly puts her at risk.

You have my sincerest condolences. The same thing happened to an uncle (extended family) a few mo nths ago. He was planning on going to the hospital in the morning but died overnight.

I can tell you that the dentist was extremely hygienic. My dentist made me gargle with hydroxide solution beforehand and the entire procedure was done behind a mask and a shield. There are lots of barriers/modifications in place to prevent any spread of droplets. I’m not explaining things well but, I was impressed and hope these modifications are here to stay. I was allowed to put my mask back on in between parts as well.

As an only child- I’m doing the same in terms of avoiding everyone except my parents. I saw one friend who came by for dinner a couple of weeks ago with his dog (First friend I’ve seen since last year who recently had a negative Covid test) but that’s it.
 

vevster

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I think it's still regional tbh. I'm in Detroit. You're in New York. Both areas were hit hard really early. I know of 4 people in a one block radius here but I have friends in Atlanta who haven't been touched by it at all. One friend was telling me in May how nothing was shut down and life wasn't any different aside from her job making everyone work at home. And she was complaining because she's doing more work from home than she would in the office. I can relate but it still bothered me because I could tell she didn't get how serious it is. Ironically she got covid in August and still isn't sure how but thinks it was a relative who had an inconclusive test result.
I’m sure. I can only speak for people I know. I have friends and fam across the country / world.
 

B_Phlyy

Pineapple Eating Unicorn
One of our sister sites has had to close for 2 weeks. 50% of the staff tested positive for COVID-19 in 1 day. Our CEO believes it was due to community exposure but I'm still baffled? You are a healthcare professional. You don't wear your mask everywhere?

On a slight side note, I've stopped purchasing my own masks. Not because I think this is over (we're likely going to be dealing with this at least another 18 months) but I'm getting them for free. Sales reps come to clinic and before they used to bribe us with lunches and cookies. Now we're getting hand sanitizers, masks, and scrub caps.
 

Crackers Phinn

Either A Blessing Or A Lesson.
I think it's still regional tbh. I'm in Detroit. You're in New York. Both areas were hit hard really early. I know of 4 people in a one block radius here but I have friends in Atlanta who haven't been touched by it at all. One friend was telling me in May how nothing was shut down and life wasn't any different aside from her job making everyone work at home. And she was complaining because she's doing more work from home than she would in the office. I can relate but it still bothered me because I could tell she didn't get how serious it is. Ironically she got covid in August and still isn't sure how but thinks it was a relative who had an inconclusive test result.
I know at least two dozen people who have died of Covid in Detroit but some of the relics from my childhood just about took me out. When I read that Rona got Mr. Fofo, I was beside myself.
 

meka72

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One of our sister sites has had to close for 2 weeks. 50% of the staff tested positive for COVID-19 in 1 day. Our CEO believes it was due to community exposure but I'm still baffled? You are a healthcare professional. You don't wear your mask everywhere?

On a slight side note, I've stopped purchasing my own masks. Not because I think this is over (we're likely going to be dealing with this at least another 18 months) but I'm getting them for free. Sales reps come to clinic and before they used to bribe us with lunches and cookies. Now we're getting hand sanitizers, masks, and scrub caps.
My sister is a RN and has no idea what “quarantine” meant. She thought it meant that she had to wear a mask all the time, which she still wasn’t doing.:rolleyes: They’re blaming my mother (also a healthcare worker) as patient zero for the family C19 spread but I think it could be my sister.
 

Alta Angel

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My students are back to school F2F now. I am not even going to talk about the sh*tshow that teaching virtually and F2F is, but these jokers are just out of their minds with glee being in the presence of other kids. I have chosen for my students to eat lunch in my room with 14 other students rather than a lunchroom of over 100 students. I eat my lunch at 10 a.m. when I am on planning and in my room by myself. I maintain a distance of more than 6 feet at all times and I sit near my air filter with UV light. Of course I use sanitizer for everything. All students and teacher must wear masks. I have to change masks twice per day because they become soaked. I have upped my entire skin care game as well. I have no idea how the hot moisture of the mask is going to affect my skin.

I don't know if my efforts are futile, but I can't take any chances.
 

Reinventing21

Spreading my wings
My students are back to school F2F now. I am not even going to talk about the sh*tshow that teaching virtually and F2F is, but these jokers are just out of their minds with glee being in the presence of other kids. I have chosen for my students to eat lunch in my room with 14 other students rather than a lunchroom of over 100 students. I eat my lunch at 10 a.m. when I am on planning and in my room by myself. I maintain a distance of more than 6 feet at all times and I sit near my air filter with UV light. Of course I use sanitizer for everything. All students and teacher must wear masks. I have to change masks twice per day because they become soaked. I have upped my entire skin care game as well. I have no idea how the hot moisture of the mask is going to affect my skin.

I don't know if my efforts are futile, but I can't take any chances.

OMG! That sounds so stressful! Why on Earth would they choose flu season to go back to F2F????!!!! We have already seen what happens when kids go back to school and then they want to add flu?

You sound like you have a good plan on spite of these miserable circumstances. I pray you stay healthy. What kind of filter uv light are you using?
 

Chromia

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@Everything Zen Girl, you have more than my thoughts and prayers. I'm sending you my energy too. Sometimes all you can do is laugh about it. Or get a few drinks. Or both. I won't judge. I'll probably join you virtually.

Just when you think you've adjusted to 2020 it manages to surprise you.

My aunt passed last week. She hadn't been tested and the EMS determined it was natural causes but we don't know. Her symptoms could've been covid or something else. I tried to take her to urgent care the night she died but she refused and told me she'd go the day after. But the day after we found her in her home.

Found out over the weekend that a cousin has a brain tumor. It hasn't been confirmed yet but the assumption is that it's cancerous.

And this is random but my dentist is basically stalking me about my overdue dental cleaning. I appreciate the effort and concern about my health but I'm really not comfortable when I can't wear a mask and other people's germs, spittle, and whatever else is aerosolized in that space. Does anyone know what precautions dentists are taking? Maybe if they can assure me they're doing something special I'll consider going but I feel like I need to get my vitamin d levels tested before even thinking about it. I'm around my mother often and I'm not gonna do anything that indirectly puts her at risk.
I went to the dentist 6 weeks ago. He wore a mask and a face shield.

This isn't my dentist but this picture is from another dental office near me. This type of PPE is what my dentist had on.
dentist-covid-safety.jpg
 

Chromia

Well-Known Member
One of our sister sites has had to close for 2 weeks. 50% of the staff tested positive for COVID-19 in 1 day. Our CEO believes it was due to community exposure but I'm still baffled? You are a healthcare professional. You don't wear your mask everywhere?

On a slight side note, I've stopped purchasing my own masks. Not because I think this is over (we're likely going to be dealing with this at least another 18 months) but I'm getting them for free. Sales reps come to clinic and before they used to bribe us with lunches and cookies. Now we're getting hand sanitizers, masks, and scrub caps.
Sounds like the pharmacy staff at my closest Walgreens. I couldn't believe it when I walked in there in July and most of the pharmacy staff, and most of the regular staff and customers, weren't wearing masks. Every business in my area (except that Walgreens) has been enforcing the governor's mask rules for staff and customers.

When I went back to pick up my prescription I went through the drive-thru and I had a long wait, but no way was I going back inside that store.

I love the new bribes from your sales reps. :lol:
 

Kanky

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Ganjababy

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My gosh. 2020 just keep on giving! I had glaucoma from an eye injury and it caused cataracts and I went blind in one eye. I was stopped from working as I was bumping into stuff. It was very traumatic, the idea that I had worked so hard to study and have a good career that barely got started and I could lose it all. But a Few days after I had the surgery to remove the cataracts I was good as new. I could see again. This too will pass. :bighug:

I don’t even know where to put this but my eyesight has deteriorated due to steroids from my annual bout of bronchitis that I have to have cataract surgery on both eyes before the end of the year or lose my license. It’s gonna be complicated and super expensive with the out of pocket costs bc I’m like one of the youngest ophthalmology patients at 38 so I can’t just get the standard geriatric lens. I just had laser eye surgery last year in December bc I also had elevated IOP and am considered pre-glaucoma. My dad lost a ton of vision in his left eye earlier this year bc he has a severe case but he’s 76. At this point I’m just drinking hot toddy’s and cracking up at all this mess in 2020 bc what else are you gonna do? :lol:
 

Kalia1

Well-Known Member
@Everything Zen Girl, you have more than my thoughts and prayers. I'm sending you my energy too. Sometimes all you can do is laugh about it. Or get a few drinks. Or both. I won't judge. I'll probably join you virtually.

Just when you think you've adjusted to 2020 it manages to surprise you.

My aunt passed last week. She hadn't been tested and the EMS determined it was natural causes but we don't know. Her symptoms could've been covid or something else. I tried to take her to urgent care the night she died but she refused and told me she'd go the day after. But the day after we found her in her home.

Found out over the weekend that a cousin has a brain tumor. It hasn't been confirmed yet but the assumption is that it's cancerous.

And this is random but my dentist is basically stalking me about my overdue dental cleaning. I appreciate the effort and concern about my health but I'm really not comfortable when I can't wear a mask and other people's germs, spittle, and whatever else is aerosolized in that space. Does anyone know what precautions dentists are taking? Maybe if they can assure me they're doing something special I'll consider going but I feel like I need to get my vitamin d levels tested before even thinking about it. I'm around my mother often and I'm not gonna do anything that indirectly puts her at risk.

I had oral surgery back on late September and I was the only patient scheduled for surgery that morning. I had a COVID test 3 days before and I also had my temperature checked upon my arrival. My Dentist too had on PPE as well as the staff who assisted him.
 

Alta Angel

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This is the filter I have:




OMG! That sounds so stressful! Why on Earth would they choose flu season to go back to F2F????!!!! We have already seen what happens when kids go back to school and then they want to add flu?

You sound like you have a good plan on spite of these miserable circumstances. I pray you stay healthy. What kind of filter uv light are you using?
 

Chromia

Well-Known Member
This is the filter I have:

Germ Guardian air purifiers with UV-C light are what we have at my job also. Fortunately we're still closed to the public. Before we closed they got these for my co-workers who take walk-ins in their offices.

This is the one my co-workers have. It's a tabletop filter designed for small spaces, so it's half as tall as yours.

 

Alta Angel

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So we have been back a total of 6 days.

Students sent home due to Covid symptons: 10
Cases that teachers were notified about: 0

Students do not have to get tested or prove that they tested negative to come back to school. If a teacher is quarantined, we are automatically out for 14 days and cannot enter the school building without a negative test. They just recently changed the policy where if a teacher was quarantined a 2nd time that it would have to come out of our personal leave.

I just read about the "Mom Code", where parents are not getting their children tested so schools can remain open. I am beyond pissed right now.
 

nycutiepie

Well-Known Member
So we have been back a total of 6 days.

Students sent home due to Covid symptons: 10
Cases that teachers were notified about: 0

Students do not have to get tested or prove that they tested negative to come back to school. If a teacher is quarantined, we are automatically out for 14 days and cannot enter the school building without a negative test. They just recently changed the policy where if a teacher was quarantined a 2nd time that it would have to come out of our personal leave.

I just read about the "Mom Code", where parents are not getting their children tested so schools can remain open. I am beyond pissed right now.

Will pray for you...stay strong sis
 

Ganjababy

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Has anyone had the antibody test? I just googled and the regular labs (Dynacare) now offer the test for $70 to anyone who has a prescription. I checked over the summer and only one lab in Toronto offered it for about $400 at that time so this is good news. I am thinking of getting tested. I get the actual COVID test every 2 weeks at work.

It finally arrived at our hospital campus this week. All the directors have been in meetings with the health department/public health.
 

Crackers Phinn

Either A Blessing Or A Lesson.
So we have been back a total of 6 days.

Students sent home due to Covid symptons: 10
Cases that teachers were notified about: 0

Students do not have to get tested or prove that they tested negative to come back to school. If a teacher is quarantined, we are automatically out for 14 days and cannot enter the school building without a negative test. They just recently changed the policy where if a teacher was quarantined a 2nd time that it would have to come out of our personal leave.

I just read about the "Mom Code", where parents are not getting their children tested so schools can remain open. I am beyond pissed right now.
Hopefully you won't ever have to do this but research whether you can file a workers compensation claim for Covid 19 in your state. They do this in California if you have a reasonable argument that you caught Covid on the job. Shady employers don't want the claims on their record so they may not announce anything. Right now govt paycheck jobs are shady.
 
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