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April 12, 2021

BehindTheMedspeak: Why isolation at home for Covid fails

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Not a day passes that I don't read something like this:

      Isolation FAIL 1

When someone with a family or roommates gets the virus, they're advised to isolate.

But what does it mean to isolate?

What infected people do is try to stay in their room(s) and have food brought to their closed door, while everyone else does or doesn't wear a mask, except when they're sleeping.

But not once have I read about the virus-sized elephant in all these settings, namely the fact that if there's central heating/cooling/ventilation, everyone in the building is gonna be inhaling virus particles with every breath for the 10 day-2 week-long isolation period.

That's why the account up top is typical.

If someone in your home becomes infected, the only way to be sure they won't infect others is to get them outside the home's HVAC system.

No — the basement or attic are not safe places either, as circulating air reaches them.

A garage without shared ventilation; a patio; a porch: that's where the infected person, along with anyone else who gets Covid, needs to be.

Too cold/hot/exposed etc.?

Get a tent or small utility shed.

Break out the sleeping bag.

Cheap at 10x the price considering the risks of Covid, both acutely and the long version.

April 12, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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