Skeptical of current CDC Quarantine Criteria after COVID Exposure


I am a COVID Long Haul Patient, exposed 05/28/2020, hospitalized 06/03/2020, testing positive for SARS-COV. I tested negative on 07/04/2020. I have been hospitalized 55 times, 3 emergency 911 calls and had damage to internal organs, and its taking a long time to recover migraines, vision, angina, blood pressure heart, liver, and blood related symptoms.

By June 2021, I have had both my Pfizer shots, my Long Haul symptoms got slightly better, but I am not fully recovered.

Today I am on Day 3 self Quarantine after learning I was exposed to someone who had spent a few days with a person who tested positive for COVID. As is the case I look for what evidence the experts show and how that sits with me.

Current Center for Disease Control Quarantine Guidelines

I wanted to see the current state Guidelines, because the earlier theories were that as more people got vaccinated, we would be able to relax guidelines, but then came a few other variants, creating a new playing field.

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people do NOT need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. Fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

10/04/2021 is the latest CDC Quarantine Guideline.

What do we know about the incubation period, a study in bullet points

The main three facts do not add up to a sound strategy for Quarantine Guidelines:

  1. If whether or not someone feels the symptoms they can be contagious (and)
  2. If whether or not someone has had both vaccines , they can still get COVID and Transmit Covid (and)
  3. If someone could test after exposure and get a false negative (in example, testing 3-5 days after exposure with negative), but actually having the COVID virus start to show up in their system up to 14 days after first exposure.

The supporting concerns I have for the present Guidelines, is that it seems to suggest a fairly open risk for continued exposure to the friends and family I love. So when I learned that I had been exposed, I set in place an expectation of 14 day quarantine. I want no one to experience what I have.

  • World Health Organization reports that, it takes COVID on average, 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days from first exposure/transmission.
  • Asymptomatic COVID patients does not translate to “noncontagious”, if they have COVID, they can still transmit the virus to others who may have serious symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated people can get COVID-19 breakthrough infections, but most experience less serious symptoms, duration and impact when compared to those who have not been vaccinated.
  • People infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people, with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit the virus to others. 
  • People with the Delta Variant can transmit the virus to others. People with the vaccination can transmit, but are not as contagious for as long when compared to those who have not been vaccinated.

So what do I think is a sound strategy for a Long Hauler, With Immunizations and With known exposure to recent Positive COVID?

I knew when I tested negative for COVID in July, I was negative. I knew because of the frequency of my long haul hospitalizations, that I have continued to stay negative for Coronavirus. However I also know that I have been exposed to someone recently who had spent more than a day with a person with Coronavirus, and was in proximity of me without a mask on for a day or two before they knew they were exposed.

I know from COVID Long Haul that my first bout took me about 14 days to become seriously symptomatic. I choose to quarantine with only essential trips out for medicine I cant get shipped to home. I choose not to expose anyone I know or love to ANY risk, and would want them to do the same for me.

I will wear a mask in my home, and in public. My immune system has not yet recovered from Covid Long Hill Part 1, I will exercise care and caution until I am able to confirm I am ok. With long Covid its hard to discern new symptoms from resurgent Long Haul Symptoms. Better safe than sorry.

MY EXPOSURE DATE: 10/11/2021

13-14 DAY TEST IF NO SYMPTOMS: 10/24/2021

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