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Fri Dec 17, 2021, 05:42 PM

Best advice on preparing for Omicron from Dr. Jha:


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He's a professor of Public Health at Brown University. The public health guys seem less inclined to panic than some scientists. If you're interested, I think you can read the entire thread. Practical solutions to practical problems. Always good to hear.

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Tomconroy Dec 2021 OP
RKP5637 Dec 2021 #1
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #2
cilla4progress Dec 2021 #3
Ms. Toad Dec 2021 #4
RKP5637 Dec 2021 #5
cilla4progress Dec 2021 #6
RKP5637 Dec 2021 #8
2naSalit Dec 2021 #7

Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 05:56 PM

1. Great post!!! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 06:07 PM

2. Thanks to Dr. Jha! All I did was read it.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 06:25 PM

3. I am likely going to a small indoor dinner

with extended fam on Christmas. My guess is they arent vaxxed (RWNJs). They will have just arrived by plane from the other coast - deep south. I am planning on wearing a mask, and socially distancing by a window while eating. It will be awkward, but I don't think they will confront me directly.

Debating whether to let the hostess know in advance (SIL), and whether to lie and say I'm immunocompromised, to save face. I need my own fam to get on board with me. We are all vacced and boosted. But adult daughter tested positive right after boosting and had to quarantine for 10 days. No real symptoms. We are in our 60s.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 06:33 PM

4. Why risk it?

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Plan a summer visit when you can be outside. This is no time to be hanging out indoors with unvaccinated jerks, even if they are family.

For the second year in a row all of the aunts and uncles of our RWNJ nephew refused to go to his Christmas party. For the second year in a row when everyone notified him they were not going, he cancelled it.

Don't lie. Don't apologize. Just tell them that it is unsafe for anyone (immunocompromised or not, fully vaccinated or not) to be indoors with someone who is choosing to be a disease vector.

Occasionally my spouse will do unwise things with her family - I just decline. And then I usually sleep in the recliner in the living room until the risk of infection has passed her by. It's just not worth the risk.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 07:05 PM

5. Very wise advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is just not worth the risk. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 07:40 PM

6. Yeah, with masking and social distancing +

being vacced and boosted...I feel it's a calculated risk and reasonable to go. I fully expect that I - and most of us - cannot avoid getting this virus, ultimately. From all the info I've been consuming, from Fauci on down, I don't expect that when I get it, it will kill or hospitalize me, or the rest of my nuclear family.

Also not entirely within my control: 94 yo vacced and boosted MIL will want to go. We will be visiting.so have to take her. 28 yo daughter will want to see extended family, too.

We are getting ready to move MIL into assisted living - what about risk there? She can't live alone any more. This is likely her last Christmas in her home... 😥

Can't 100% avoid risk, only sensibly manage it.

Like Dr. Jha says.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 10:26 PM

8. Yes, it seems a calculated risk in your case, but knowing exactly what you are doing! And the

best way to mitigate the risk.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Fri Dec 17, 2021, 08:40 PM

7. K&R

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