Glad to hear you and the family are safe and well!Pondering Her Percy wrote: ↑Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:01 amGlad to hear everyone is doing well. Today is actually my first day back at work. My wife, step-son, baby boy and myself were quarantined for 2 weeks because we were "exposed" to someone that tested positive. Luckily, we were all fine and nobody tested positive. However, I have a feeling our schools will shut down soon. A district just up the road from ours shut down until after Thanksgiving. They had to send 32 teachers home last week because they were all exposed to one specific administrator that tested positive. I'm actually surprised our district stayed open this week.
I guess what I dont get is, when you come down with the flu, you have obvious symptoms and KNOW you have the flu. It baffles me that with COVID, most show no symptoms but some show severe symptoms and become really sick. I guess I just dont know enough about it still but does that not baffle anyone else? One of my best friends has it right now and has no symptoms. The person we were exposed to was my step-sons step-mother. She didnt show any symptoms at all over these last two weeks. Just very confusing to me. But I guess that's why I'm not a doctor lol.
Either way, I'm glad to hear everyone on here is doing well
I'm not a doctor either but it seems like there are multiple factors, age, preexisting conditions, individual immune strength, etc. I've even read some studies that your blood type makes a difference (I recall people with O blood in the study had less severe symptoms). There's also viral load, which is basically how much of the virus was transmitted. If you touched a door knob and then touched your eye, the viral load is likely going to be much lower than someone coughing around you in an enclosed space.
Ultimately I think we just don't know the answers yet and probably won't for quite some time. If there's any sort of silver lining it's that COVID-19 is not as deadly as something like Ebola or as contagious as something like the Measles. What's crucial is we learn from the mistakes we made early on so in the event we do have a much deadlier pandemic, we're better prepared. This is part of the reason Asia has fared much better than the western states, they learned a lot from MERS/SARS and implemented mitigation measures much faster and more effectively.