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If you have covid nowadays, do you, personally, take precautions?

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WillowtreeHouse · 09/07/2023 17:41

I have covid at the moment and whilst I'm not holed up in my bedroom, I'm staying away from my family more than usual (teenagers in their rooms most of the time anyway!) as I would if I had a stomach bug or flu. I would doubt I'm very contagious now - day 7 and the faintest of faint lines on a test. I look after MIL part of the time, hence the testing and wont go to see her until I'm 100% clear. Usual handwashing etc but it's struck me how different attitudes are from different people: one friend is horrified that I would venture out of my room at all, while another doesn't understand why I'm not going to the cinema with her tonight. What about you?

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popandchoc · 09/07/2023 17:44

I don’t test so I wouldn’t know . If I felt I’ll I’d stay at home but if I felt ok I’d go out .

DRS1970 · 09/07/2023 17:46

I would just treat it like a regular cold. I wouldn't really know it was COVID anyway, as you don't test anymore.

1of2 · 09/07/2023 17:46

Wtf even tests nowadays anyway?

PinkIcedCream · 09/07/2023 17:47

If I'm unwell, I'd stay home until I was feeling better. If I had Covid symptoms, I'd take a test.

I can't stand people who feel entitled to share their vile illnesses with all and sundry. They can feck right off. 😡

SoShallINever · 09/07/2023 17:47

Well if I had symptoms of covid (or any contagious) illness, I would ring in sick, as I work with very vulnerable people.
Covid killed my fully vaccinated Mum just 6 months ago. Its still a serious condition for those who are vulnerable.

TheOrigRights · 09/07/2023 17:48

If I had covid symptoms I would buy a test. If positive I would avoid visiting my vulnerable FIL in his care home

SoGiveMeCoffeeAndTV · 09/07/2023 17:51

I’ve knowingly had Covid twice. Both times only tested as I knew I’d been in contact with a positive case. Both times it barely even felt like a mild cold, more like I was getting a cold that never amounted to anything. I would imagine I’ve had it several times and not noticed. I’m not testing any more.

PompomDahlia · 09/07/2023 18:08

I have it now and I’m 2 weeks in to feeling like shite, despite being a triple-vaxed 30s with no underlying conditions. I’ve stayed home and isolated - not that I’ve been well enough to go out. This is not like any cold I’ve ever had - I’m seriously worried about the extent of hallucinations, brain fog and getting back to work. I think I picked it up on a crowded bus, so I’d be annoyed to think people were flippantly going around spreading it knowingly.

I also find it hugely bad manners to come into the office when you have a bad cold. I sat opposite a colleague who wanted a meeting with me which could easily have been done remotely whilst he sniffed and snotted away - totally unnecessary and you don’t know how people’s immune systems will react

RaininSummer · 09/07/2023 18:10

I would test still as wouldn't want to take COVID to elderly relatives or any vulnerable colleagues or customers.

WimbledonPimms · 09/07/2023 18:13

I test as I have to have iv antivirals. I don't go out anyway so no change there! I'd stay away as much as possible from family but I wouldn't isolate in a bedroom. Last time I had it, symptoms were gone 48 hrs after the antivirals

SquirrelSoShiny · 09/07/2023 18:14

Covid is still dangerous for a lot of people, mostly those with underlying conditions (they may not even know they have these). I would like to think people are somewhat aware and unselfish but people like your friend make it hard for me to go out anywhere busy.

bonfirebash · 09/07/2023 18:14

I test for antivirals anyway and wouldn't leave the house
But when I had it I felt so awful wasn't capable of doing anything anyway

Meanoldlady · 09/07/2023 18:17

I would still have to go to work, do the schools runs etc so nothing would change at all unless I was absolutely floored with it.

WillowtreeHouse · 09/07/2023 18:18

1of2 · 09/07/2023 17:46

Wtf even tests nowadays anyway?

I said in my OP. I'm a part time carer for my 93 year old MIL, that's why I test. Not that outrageous.

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25sheets · 09/07/2023 18:19

I would still test and isolate if I was positive. Anyone who does not is a selfish git.

Meanoldlady · 09/07/2023 18:24

25sheets · 09/07/2023 18:19

I would still test and isolate if I was positive. Anyone who does not is a selfish git.

What a ridiculous statement. Covid is no longer an acceptable reason to be off work for lots of employers. I work in hospitality and it'd be laughed at if I said I wanted to isolate.

BeyondMyWits · 09/07/2023 18:26

People who get paid for a few days sick have the luxury of being able to afford to isolate.

If your employer does not pay you to isolate then generally you are expected not to.

Fandabedodgy · 09/07/2023 18:26

I don't test.

If I feel unwell I stay at home in bed.

If I feel well I carry on as normal.

Sparkletastic · 09/07/2023 18:30

DH has it. I suggested he test. I work in the NHS and have elderly parents, one of whom is quite vulnerable due to a health condition. When he tested positive he willingly agreed to isolate in our bedroom and en-suite. He's very pissed off and bored now but still testing very immediately positive and has symptoms. He felt quite unwell with it so I don't want it spreading through the family as we are going on holiday on Wednesday.

PossiblyNotOne · 09/07/2023 18:34

I work in the nhs and we’re expected to go in now if we’re asymptomatic. But then I guess if we’re asymptomatic I wouldn’t be testing anyway.

I didn’t isolate in my house when I had covid as I have small children and it’s impossible, not that they caught it from me.

usernother · 09/07/2023 18:34

I've never had it, no idea if I'd get it now because I wouldn't test for it.

PolliFlinders · 09/07/2023 18:40

I had it recently for the first time, test because of where I work. I was far to ill to work anyway and am fully vaccinated. it certainly wasn't like any cold I've ever had.

NotOnYourNellies · 09/07/2023 18:46

I still keep masks in my bag, if somewhere is too busy for my comfort I will put one on

Blanketenvy · 09/07/2023 18:49

I would test. You don't have to, but I work in NHS with ecv people so it feels like the right thing to do. Personally I've had covid twice and really suffered so was in bed until well after I tested negative but if I felt ok I would avoid close contact with people and/or tell them I had covid and let them decide.

Hbh17 · 09/07/2023 18:49

Nobody tests (I hope!) so wouldn't know. Just treat it like a cold, if any symptoms are noticeable. It hasn't been a big deal for at least 2 years, so....

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