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Tue Mar 22, 2022, 11:41 PM

I tested positive for COVID on Sunday (3/20).....

I gave myself a home test on Saturday morning since I'd been teaching (full-time substitute teacher) all week. I tested negative. This was the first week that the L.A. schools lifted their mask mandate and, even though I wore mine most of the time, I was more lax than I've ever been.

Late Saturday afternoon, I had a pretty bad headache and a sore throat. On Sunday morning, I and my two roommates all tested positive (home tests). We then went to CVS to test there so they could be sent to a lab. Sure enough, we all found out yesterday that we are positive. One roommate has NO symptoms, the other has congestion and a mild cough, and I've had no symptoms at all since Saturday afternoon.

Most of the teachers and the high school students where I normally teach kept wearing their masks but some didn't. I should have done what I had always done and worn my mask without exception. I wasn't as careful as I normally am. I've been vaccinated and boosted. I've been so careful for two years! I honestly believe the mask mandate has been lifted too soon.

Thank God the agency where I work has allocated 50 hours of pay per substitute teachers for those who've tested positive for COVID. I feel very, very fortunate. I'll be off work all of this week, and I hope very much that I'll be back at school on Monday. BTW, I'm going to wear my masks maybe for the rest of the time I'm subbing! Especially seeing that folks are testing positive more than once...

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Reply I tested positive for COVID on Sunday (3/20)..... (Original post)
Upthevibe Mar 2022 OP
MLAA Mar 2022 #1
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #10
applegrove Mar 2022 #2
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #11
canetoad Mar 2022 #3
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #12
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #5
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #6
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #13
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #22
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #23
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #26
BigmanPigman Mar 2022 #7
progree Mar 2022 #8
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #25
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #14
BigmanPigman Mar 2022 #19
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #27
brer cat Mar 2022 #9
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #15
Wounded Bear Mar 2022 #16
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #28
lagomorph777 Mar 2022 #17
Hortensis Mar 2022 #18
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #29
gldstwmn Mar 2022 #20
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #30
ificandream Mar 2022 #21
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #31
Meowmee Mar 2022 #24
Upthevibe Mar 2022 #32
Meowmee Mar 2022 #33
electric_blue68 Mar 2022 #34
LeftInTX Mar 2022 #35

Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2022, 11:43 PM

1. Glad your symptoms were mild and passed quickly ❤️

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 02:53 PM

10. Thanks for your response, MLAA

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2022, 11:45 PM

2. I am keeping my mask on. I always planned to. News just came that covid doubled

in our Ottawa waste water in the last week so I hope the people of this city mask up.

Vibes to you.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 02:54 PM

11. Thank you for the vibes, applegrove....

I'm 99.9% sure that if the mask mandate hadn't been lifted and we all had kept wearing them while in class I wouldn't have it.....

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2022, 11:52 PM

3. Sorry you caught it

I hear you about the 'careful for two years' statement. I'm still masking, avoiding crowds, sanitising etc; I haven't come this far to get bloody Covid at this late state.

I read this morning that a *second booster shot is about to be authorised here in Australia. I'll be first in line.

Keep well and hope it's over soon.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 02:56 PM

12. Thank you, canetoad....

That's my big lesson..... Two years and I was fine. As soon as it seemed like it may be safe, I let my guard down.



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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 12:07 AM

6. Take care of yourself and be careful

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 02:57 PM

13. LetMyPeopleVote....Thank you...

I'm being very careful hunkered in at home...

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #13)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 08:53 PM

22. Have you talked to your doctor about starting Pfzier pill?

It may be too late.

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #22)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 08:59 PM

23. LetMyPeopleVote ...

I've never even heard of the Pfzier pill but thanks for letting me know about it...

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #23)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 09:03 PM

26. Pfizer COVID-19 Treatment Pill: What You Need to Know

Here is some info https://www.verywellhealth.com/pfizer-developing-covid-19-at-home-treatment-pill-5184029

Pfizer's new oral drug, Paxlovid, is the first COVID-19 pill to receive authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Experts say this is a game-changer because people would be able to take the drug at home, possibly eliminating the need to visit a hospital to receive treatment.

Under the emergency use authorization (EUA), Paxlovid will be available via prescription to people 12 and older with confirmed mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing a severe case of the disease. A severe case means a patient could become hospitalized, need intensive care, require a ventilator, or even die.

A patient should take the oral drug at the first sign of illness, decreasing their chance of becoming seriously ill with the disease. Pfizer says the drug may be able to reduce burden on hospitals.

I have a ton of risk factors and my doctors and I have discussed this treatment.

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 12:19 AM

7. It seems like I have been hearing of a lot of Dem politicians have tested positive

I guess the GQP Covid patients keep it secret.

The next wave is already beginning in the US with Omicron subvariant Ba2. I do not take my mask off when ever I go out and will continue with this practice.

San Diego Unified School District is paying substitute teachers $300 a day if they agree to stay at the site for a while. When I subbed I got paid $100 a day. That tells you how underpaid teachers are. Now they are finally valied bit only as a result of severe staff shortages. They'll go back to shitty pay when yhe emergency situation is over. No wonder 1 in 3 teachers quit after their first 5 years.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 12:55 AM

8. 6 states now have rising new cases over the past 14 days. Was only one when I checked 24 hours

ago

(7 day moving average compared to 7 day moving average 14 days ago)

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html

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Response to progree (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 09:01 PM

25. progree.....Well..

I'm not surprised....

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:06 PM

14. BigmanPigman....

I work through an agency and that means my pay is lower than if I was with a specific district (e.g. LAUSD) but it's worth it to me. I'm able to get by because I've worked hard to keep my expenses very low.

Are you in California? A Bachelor's Degree (as well as other requirements) is a necessity to be a substitute teacher. I think (but am not at all sure) that some other states don't require a degree.

What's your degree in? I'm always curious what folks do with their various degrees.

Thanks for your feedback....

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:52 PM

19. I have a multiple subject teaching credential.

I already had my BFA (Bach. Of Fine Arts) degree but you can't make a living as an artist. I knew some friends who were teachers and decided to try that profession. I had to go back for my teaching certificate and my credits from my first degree could be used to speed up the process if I passed the MSAT and CBEST.

San Diego requires teachers to have a credential in single or multiple subjects. The district can't afford art teachers, music teachers, computer teachers, librarians, support staff, etc at the same time. We had very drastic cuts and it was so terrible teachers retired early.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 09:42 PM

27. BigmanPigman....

My B.A. is in Interdisciplinary Studies. I graduated from Cal State in 1998 when I was 41. I consider it the proudest accomplishment of my life! The good news about having at least a Bachelor's is that it opened many doors for me.

For most of my career, I was in the vocational school/career college industry. I loved what I did as the Director of Student Services and the Director of Graduate Services. Unfortunately, some of the schools are owned and operated by selfish, greedy, unethical, and corrupt empty suits.

The last company I worked for wanted me to do some creative accounting with our placement numbers (falsify documents and commit fraud). The company where I was before that was closed down because of malfeasance by the C.E.O. and the C.F.O. All of the schools all over the country were closed in 2016.

I know what you mean about not being able to make a living as an artist. We have a really good art and design program at the high school where I normally teach. I think (since we're in Los Angeles) there are some opportunities in an artistic arena for illustrators, graphic artists, etc.

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 06:08 AM

9. Sorry you caught it,

but glad that you and your roommates have mild cases.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:08 PM

15. brer cat.....

I'm sorry too..... I think I learned a huge lesson....

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:11 PM

16. Sorry to hear that...hope things turn out well...nt

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 12:10 AM

28. Wounded Bear....

Thank you.....

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:17 PM

17. Pretty obvious that the masks should not come off for a long time yet.

And the more unmasked people I see around me, the more I make sure mine is secure and good quality.

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 03:46 PM

18. :) Sorry you were so ill repaid for all your care, Upthevibe.

Hope you've seen the last of your symptoms. Plus side, though, you do get the boost of natural antibodies to go with the vaccine-generated ones.

We're keeping our masks on. When we do go out, we're often the only people with them, but we don't care. So far no flu or colds either this fall/winter.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 12:12 AM

29. Hortensis...

Thank you. I am thinking about the antibodies I now have so you're correct regarding the plus side.

I think you're doing the right thing by keeping your masks on.

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 04:28 PM

20. I hope you continue to feel well.

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Response to gldstwmn (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 12:13 AM

30. gldstwmn....

Other than feeling tired, I've haven't had any symptoms...

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 04:33 PM

21. Hope your illness passes quickly. And keep those masks (double masking is a good idea) on!

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Response to ificandream (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 12:14 AM

31. ificandream...

I will keep my mask on for sure!

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2022, 08:59 PM

24. Sorry you have it

I hope you recover soon. Make sure to monitor yourself later for potential lh damage such as heart damage etc.

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Response to Meowmee (Reply #24)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 12:16 AM

32. Meowmee....

Thank you.

I know I will need to monitor myself from now on...

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #32)

Fri Mar 25, 2022, 06:28 PM

33. Great 🤗

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2022, 02:24 AM

34. May you recover quickly, and completely! No long CV, nor later effects....

Yeah, I thought lifting masks mandates were too soon!

I'm still double masking, distancing,staying home about 85% of the time (not fun but easy to do when retired). I might go out another 5% - 8% more in warm, sunny weather outside (parks, gardens) where there are no crowds, and one special big plaza.

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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2022, 02:34 AM

35. I had it real mild over Christmas

I probably would not have tested, but my MIL tested positive.

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