Well, it’s back. I just finished a week in the ICU and COVID has come back with a vengeance. Our numbers tripled over just a couple weeks, faster than at any other time in the pandemic. We went from having no patients in the ICU to having a third of our ICU patients having COVID-19. Outside the hospital I started getting calls from neighbors and friends with questions about isolation and quarantine and reports from local testing sites of lines out the door around the building. In short, it started to feel more like December 2020 than December 2021. It was déjà vu all over again and, just like every other time, it was exhausting physically and emotionally.
With the rapid rise in Omicron, things started to sound very familiar to prior waves. Everyone was bracing for more restrictive mitigation strategies when the CDC issued a statement 12/27 that seemed out of step with the frightening rise in case numbers. They were more lenient this time.Continue reading “The new isolation Guidelines and why this may be the last wave”