COVID Update

As of March 9, 2021:

The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease.
  • Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

But people who are fully vaccinated still need to take precautions in many scenarios:

  • Wear a mask and keep good physical distance around the unvaccinated who are at increased risk for severe Covid-19, or if the unvaccinated person has a household member who is at higher risk.
  • Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.
  • Keep physical distance in public.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized crowds.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated public spaces.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Get tested for Covid-19 if you feel sick.

Dear President Trump

Dear President Trump,
I have an idea that may be helpful. Instead of handing out billions of dollars in cash to millions of people, we should put that money into a system that allows healthy people to go back to work (and back to spending money, too). If we could test everyone in the country for Coronavirus every week, we could get the economy going again. We should put billions of dollars into massive testing and a system which would allow people to show that they tested negative and when. Such as an app that shows you were negative last Monday. You show this app to go to work, go to school, go out to eat, go on a trip, etc. That would be more effective at getting the economy going again, than a cash handout.
Another option besides mass testing might be putting billions of dollars into ramping up vaccine development. But that might still take too much time since there is a lot of trial and error involved. It might get the economy going faster if we could do mass testing and get the 90% of us who are healthy back to work and spending.
If you have a million dollars and you want the most bang for your buck, you could give a million people one dollar each. Or you could build a school, a hospital, or a factory. Which is better for the economy?