r/AskDocs 29d ago

My (25F) grandpa (80M) has COVID-19, is it okay for him to stop isolating? Physician Responded

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u/LatrodectusGeometric Physician | Top Contributor 29d ago

Are you the only ones in the home? Isolating together is an option if that’s the case.

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u/LatrodectusGeometric Physician | Top Contributor 29d ago

If you have symptoms you should definitely isolate. The risk here is that you may have something else and be infected with covid because of your exposure to him. I think this is a risk you have to balance for yourself

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u/serpentmurphin Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

I wish the schools would tell us to do that. I currently have 3 kids in my class (of 6) a teacher and an SLP out with covid… but they keep sending them back after 5 days and everyone is just still continuing to get sick.

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u/LatrodectusGeometric Physician | Top Contributor 29d ago

If they are still experiencing fevers or their illnesses are not improving, they should not be returning to school

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u/serpentmurphin Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

I agree, but a lot of them don’t believe covid is a big deal (including admin) and we aren’t being paid to be out. People just keep coming back, unmasked and coughing. It’s been fun.

Can’t fix stupid. Even if we are behavior therapists.

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u/LatrodectusGeometric Physician | Top Contributor 29d ago

I’m so sorry. In public health this kind of thing just makes me scream

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u/serpentmurphin Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

I can imagine. With that said, thank you for everything you guys are doing. It might not feel like it but you are making a difference. I wish you all were treated better, paid better and far more appreciated than just pizza.

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u/LatrodectusGeometric Physician | Top Contributor 29d ago

Right back atcha!!

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u/thetreece Physician - Pediatrics 29d ago

You should follow your local COVID restrictions. Usually a minimum of 5 days from exposure or symptom onset.

No, he shouldn't be going out 2 days after a symptomatic positive test.

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u/dracapis 29d ago

I don't think that's what OP is asking, she's asking if he can stop isolating in his room so that they be in the same room.

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u/fortississima Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

If you test again in another 24 hours, it’s more likely to be accurate. Also, with these omicron variants, rapid tests will be better at detecting if you swab your throat AND nostrils, not just nostrils—higher viral load has been shown to be present in the throat and just nostrils isn’t always catching it because the rapid tests weren’t developed for BA.2, 3, 4, 5…

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u/thetreece Physician - Pediatrics 29d ago

I wouldn't. You could also alternatively have rhinovirus, parainfluenza, or any other number of viruses that could really be bad for grandpa if that's actually your issue.

It very well could be COVID. May not be though.

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u/Shkmstr Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

To the doctors defense, the wording was really vague and confusing and I sort of understood it the same way he did, until I read comments from OP.

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u/Shkmstr Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

What I meant was you never mentioned where he was isolating and it came off (to me) like you were asking if he can stop isolating altogether. It didn’t state that you and he were the only 2 people together in a single location. If you had said that you guys were staying together in the same home and he’s isolating from you, I (and the doctor) would have picked it up a little better. But hey, clearly other people understood so it’s possibly a me problem. Speedy recovery.

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u/Shkmstr Layperson/not verified as healthcare professional. 29d ago

If there’s a bright side at least you can be within each others company now! Feel better to you both and stay hydrated.