Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 4
This thread is posted weekly, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!
Here's a Twitter thread from Michael Mina
about how the timeline of COVID changed with Omicron for vaccinated people. (Originally from December but I don't think the message was widely heard.)
The timeline seems to be as follows:
You get symptoms early due to a quick immune system reaction. But tests are still negative because the virus didn't reach the nose yet.
A few days later, tests turn positive.
Symptoms stop early. But you're still infectious and tests are still positive.
Eventually, the infection dies down and tests should turn negative.
He insists that tests work, because they are useful for confirming diagnosis (after a few days) and for deciding when to stop isolating. However, it seems that he implicitly admits that they aren't so good for screening? Which is what people wanted to use them for.
Instead, the recommendation is to take symptoms seriously because they might be COVID, but hold off a few days before testing.
From Monday: Senators cut global aid from $10B covid deal
Shanghai Covid lockdown extended to entire city (BBC)
Is there reliable information out there about how the under-60, relatively healthy, and vaccinated are faring post-infection? Are they losing taste/smell? Experiencing long COVID?
I could look for myself, of course, but I’m too afraid.
I haven't been keeping up with Long COVID, but Your Local Epidemiologist has some in depth articles, starting here.
Thanks for your reply. I’m taking away from this: time will tell a more accurate picture and keep trying to avoid getting sick.