hopefully tomorrow is a day 🤞🤞🤞
People also don't know what "asymptomatic" means.Perhaps there was some more definite proof, but from what I've heard the "asymptomatic spread" cases were gleaned from the imperfect science of contact tracing. So some person has no symptoms, tests positive, $15.00 an hour hastily deputized contact tracers hired from the minimum wage pool by the county Dept of Health call people he was in contact with. One of them gets tested, is positive, and swears he didn't have contact with any other positive cases, forgetting the guy in the hardware store who sneezed next to him the week before...
And the sick day thing is a huge problem. At least in some states, if anyone has had any symptom they have to immediately quarantine and get tested. And the list of symptoms includes stuff like "sore throat", "headache: and the vague "body aches" or "muscle pain." So if you feel run down, perhaps have strep throat, a bacterial infection, etc--you're out.
This means key and critical people are out of work in offices, stores restaurants, construction, hotels, etc. If they choose not to get tested, they are out for 2 weeks from the last day they feel they have a symptom. And God forbid they test positive. Then the Contact Tracers call everyone and rule on high as to what other employees have to quarantine and they think nothing of shutting down whole workplaces de facto by saying several key people can't work.
I have gone 8 to 15 days without a day off covering for these situations, and the Heath Dept employees are unsympathetic. They simply don't understand why it's a big deal for an office, store, or restaurant to close for a few days, or they just love the power. Last week I was chided by a Contact Tracer asking about "disinfection procedures" despite the recent CDC guidance on surface spread. I was also told anyone who had contact with a positive case had to quarantine even if they had a vaccination, unless it was more than 1 week after their last shot or less than 3 months since.
Also most times their guidance is to say even if someone tests negative they should still quarantine just in case, and if they are positive and then retest negative it doesn't count and they still have to stay home for X number of days.
Most businesses are reluctant to change their models to accommodate this, because they think it will go away soon and don't want to hire more employees as a reserve or stomach closing for random days and weeks due to staffing. And there seems to be no end in sight. I really think this notion of quarantining for every sick symptom will be the law of the land a year from now, 5 years from now, etc. Employees love it, because if they don't need the money they can get unimpeachable time off, maybe even paid.
I can't count how many people I've seen who say "I got COVID and I was asymptomatic! I had a little headache and a sore throat, but nothing else!" Surprise, retard, those are symptoms.
Or people who treat the presymptomatic incubation period as "being asymptomatic". The media loved that one last year, so many news stories about people who visited elderly relatives while they were feeling fine (or had recently tested negative), then that night or the next day developed symptoms, and then lo and behold grandma got COVID and died. I'm surprised they didn't come up with some bullshit like "sudden COVID". I was completely asymptomatic, until I wasn't!