Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mixing Pods Indoors at Christmas? Think Again

 From the most recent newsletter from our very own Department of Public Health (Dec 18th):

COVID-19 and Winter Holidays

Attending a small celebration? Take these steps to make the holidays safer:
Bring your own food, drinks, and utensils.
Wear a mask and store it in your pocket or purse while eating and drinking.
Avoid going in and out of food prep spaces.
Space seating at least 6 feet apart for people who don’t live with you.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if unavailable, use 60% alcohol hand sanitizer.

This information is misleading, as these gatherings of mixed pods are not safe enough to protect people and are leading to infections.

"In Texas, Danny Cooke, 62, and his family decided to play it safe on Thanksgiving in Fort Worth. He and his wife hosted an intimate dinner with Mr. Cooke’s daughter, her husband and their two children. They opened all the windows and let the Texas air flow through the house.

But by the weekend, Mr. Cooke’s daughter, Amanda Ayala, a pediatric nurse, started to show symptoms of Covid-19. She tested positive, and several days later so did Mr. Cooke and his wife.
"“We kind of thought we were OK,” Mr. Cooke said. “But obviously, that was the wrong thing to do.”

Mr. Cooke’s wife and daughter have both since recovered. But more than three weeks later, he is still struggling with a fever and a cough. On Thursday, Ms. Ayala went to her father’s home to check his blood pressure and oxygen levels. She blames herself for getting him sick.

“It weighs on me,” she said. “I’m just hoping for it to pass.”

Mr. Cooke had been working in-person during the pandemic at Lockheed Martin. He has come into contact with many people at work. But it was at home, at a holiday gathering of six, where he believes he caught the virus.

“Of course, as my wife keeps telling me: ‘You can’t let this kill you, because your daughter will never forgive herself,’” he said."

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