Data is the most essential information to make decisions and see through the weeds. The mixed messages we are getting from the WH, CDC, and everything in between is insanely frustrating.
So, I asked my doctor. They have not truly figured out the virus yet but here are some interesting stats she gave me.
How long should we be quarantined from other people? Can I go hang with people who have been in lock-down too? The average incubation period is 5.1 days. If you don’t have symptoms after 7 days it is probably ok to hang. If immunocompromised or older or underlying lung condition would quarantine longer than 7 days for sure. Keep in mind this is an evolving situation.
How about young people who just got back from college? If they have been quarantining themselves for at least 7-10 days then their exposures are limited and if no symptoms, probably in the clear.
What if someone is infected but asymptomatic? 7-10 days of quarantine after the last exposure should be fine if they are asymptomatic. If they are sick? 7 days after symptoms begin and/or 3 days after the fever is gone you are in the clear to go see them. Average incubation is 5 – 10 days, 10 being conservative.
If you travel, how long should you quarantine afterward? If you don’t have any symptoms after 7 days, you are probably ok.
At least some data we can wrap our heads around. We have who have seen nobody but themselves so at least sooner than later we can hang with each other.