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Default Coronavirus All Purpose Thread: The 5th Omicron Wave

It is an unfortunate reality but it's time we start this thread. I really hope this is the last one.
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Everybody is going to get this. I know of at least 20 people now who have it or have symptoms.

Here's hoping it's not severe and doesn't ransacks hospitals/ICUs.
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By most accounts, Omicron isnít as serious as Delta.

Hopefully this variant leads us to endemic status rather than pandemic, but Iím no expert.

I still donít want to get it, and Iím freshly triple vaxxed.

I swear Iím going to start hugging random strangers when this is all over. I hate pandemics.
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I’m with you I am hosting dinner parties every weekend for a few months once we beat this thing. An 80s one with pizza bagels and pop tarts only, while watching original He-man, She-ra and Thundercats. Yup I can’t wait.
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For those wondering, I went for a test at 3 yesterday and got my result at 11:15 AM today. So, 19:15 turnaround.
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By most accounts, Omicron isnít as serious as Delta.

Hopefully this variant leads us to endemic status rather than pandemic, but Iím no expert.

I still donít want to get it, and Iím freshly triple vaxxed.

I swear Iím going to start hugging random strangers when this is all over. I hate pandemics.
I think it's a little early to be claiming that. Like, this is our first real pandemic. What if the next one is super awesome, and you've already written off all pandemics as sucky? I'll be waiting for more data points. I have a really good feeling about Hantavirus2027.
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Anyone else had any encounters or know of anyone who has had false negatives with the rapid tests ?
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Anyone else had any encounters or know of anyone who has had false negatives with the rapid tests ?
When I developed symptoms I tested 3 times (over 3 days) before getting a positive.
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Going for my booster this afternoon.

As much as I enjoy being a hermit, I'm mighty sick of this pandemic.
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Does anyone know if the rapid tests have been restocked anywhere?
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Anyone else had any encounters or know of anyone who has had false negatives with the rapid tests ?
We have a friend who had three negatives before he got his positive, all in the same day. He was symptomatic and is a firefighter, so not as if he was completely clueless as to how to test himself.
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Anyone else had any encounters or know of anyone who has had false negatives with the rapid tests ?
Yes, within my group of friends they're maybe 50% accurate if you're symptomatic. They only seem to be able to start being more accurate when you're at the end of the infection period.

For example one friend

1 day before symptoms - negative (1 day after exposure)
1 day after symptoms - negative
3 days after symptoms - negative
5 days after symptoms - positive

3 negative tests when they were clearly positive the entire time.

Multiple other friends were symptomatic got a negative rapid test and followed up with a PCR test that was positive.

I would go as far as to say one of the drivers of this wave of the pandemic is the distribution of these rapid tests as they give a false sense of confidence to people that whatever they have isn't COVID.
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So how long until Canada follows the CDC guidance and lowers the quarantine time as well? Gotta think it will affect our essential staff as well.
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So how long until Canada follows the CDC guidance and lowers the quarantine time as well? Gotta think it will affect our essential staff as well.
Ontario is reviewing right now.
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Yes, within my group of friends they're maybe 50% accurate if you're symptomatic. They only seem to be able to start being more accurate when you're at the end of the infection period.



For example one friend



1 day before symptoms - negative (1 day after exposure)

1 day after symptoms - negative

3 days after symptoms - negative

5 days after symptoms - positive



3 negative tests when they were clearly positive the entire time.



Multiple other friends were symptomatic got a negative rapid test and followed up with a PCR test that was positive.



I would go as far as to say one of the drivers of this wave of the pandemic is the distribution of these rapid tests as they give a false sense of confidence to people that whatever they have isn't COVID.
Anecdotally it seems there may be a case to do throat swabs for omicron since that is where the initial infection seems to be.

Although if you have covid symptoms and use a negative rapid test to go out, that's more of an IQ test failure than anything.

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Should get my results today sometime, but 3 direct contact workers who I am a close contact with tested positive in the last week. I'm showing symptoms now too, not terrible but not fun, and just waiting for the news.
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Manitoba is giving out rapid tests at all testing sites & a box of free KN95 masks at all Liquor Mart locations.

One other idea would be to mail out a box of 25 rapid tests to all families.

Is anyone following the disaster in the states with rapid testing kits? Apparently if they'd allow more manufacturers they could easily have enough kits.

https://twitter.com/user/status/1475830280036495365

https://twitter.com/user/status/1475607146461114383
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Manitoba is giving out rapid tests at all testing sites & a box of free KN95 masks at all Liquor Mart locations.



One other idea would be to mail out a box of 25 rapid tests to all families.



Is anyone following the disaster in the states with rapid testing kits? Apparently if they'd allow more manufacturers they could easily have enough kits.



https://twitter.com/user/status/1475830280036495365



https://twitter.com/user/status/1475607146461114383
They tried this in Ontario and ran out in about 2 hours (the tests). It was the wild west to get a test once those were gone. There were a few pop up spots, but you had to get there at like 5am to sit in line to get tests before they ran out.

Hopefully it's better thought out for you.
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