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For those of you who read one of my most recent posts and assumed I’ve reached some peace of mind, you are only partially right. Answers to my questions have raised new questions. More than anything, I worry about my husband’s health; he has a lung condition and is 74.
If you haven’t read the post, I will summarize here:
I was minimally exposed* to a person on Tuesday who learned today that she has COVID. On Monday morning I am supposed to call to schedule a biopsy. At this point, I have no symptoms of COVID, but I don’t know if even that minimal exposure puts others, especially my husband, at risk. The most immediate questions are the following:
- Should I quarantine myself to one room of the house to protect my husband? My husband says it’s too late to protect him, since I’ve been around him for four days. Or should I sit tight and see if I develop symptoms? Should I at least stay home, and if so, for how long?
- I will tell the procedure scheduler my situation on Monday, and I assume she will proceed according to the health facility’s requirements. By Monday, it will have been a week since I was exposed. She might be willing to book me after a certain number of days have passed.
- Should I be tested again, and when? (I was tested the day after I was exposed and was negative, but 24 hours is not enough time).
I won’t be able to contact the surgeon or my internist before Monday (since it’s not an emergency). The research I’ve done has answers all over the place.
So the big question right now: quarantine or not?
*Minimally exposed means we met outside, she wore a decent mask, and we were together for less than five minutes. She already felt she “had something” then.Published in