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Getting examined for COVID: A brand new Christmas custom??

Getting examined for COVID: A brand new Christmas custom??

We would be capable of all agree that getting examined for COVID-19 just isn’t one thing we wish to carry over yearly.

DENVER — Christmas is a time of custom.

We would be capable of all agree that getting examined for COVID-19 just isn’t one thing we wish to carry over yearly.

“I used to be attempting to get a PCR take a look at to journey to Canada since I must get it 72 hours (earlier than) and it’s Christmas Eve. It’s actually exhausting to discover a take a look at in Lakewood, close to Cherry Creek,” mentioned Nikhil Puri.

Puri was looking for an open testing website in downtown Denver and got here up empty.

“I’m feeling nervous as a result of that is the final day I can get a take a look at and if I can’t get it at the moment, I don’t know if I can catch a flight,” mentioned Puri. “I may pay to get a take a look at at the very least, that’s my final hope.”

“The web site mentioned it was open, however they’re clearly not,” mentioned Steven Dermody.

Dermody additionally got here to the closed testing website downtown, however he simply needed a take a look at for peace of thoughts.

“It’s extra simply being, form of like, accountable as I can. We’re presupposed to see associates tonight and tomorrow they usually have children,” mentioned Dermody. “I’m fortunate I don’t have, like, loopy intense household plans proper now, however I really feel for the folks that do.”

“Even in case you’re not frightened about your individual well being, for no matter purpose, to be frightened concerning the well being of these round you, whether or not it’s your loved ones members or your neighbors, the individual subsequent to you in church,” mentioned Dr. Jean Kutner, Chief Medical Officer at UCHealth.

Dr. Kutner really helpful a high-quality masks as an alternative of a easy fabric one for these attending Christmas church providers.

It was this time final yr that Dr. Kutner and different well being care staff had been receiving their first COVID vaccination.

One yr later, we’re nonetheless speaking about the opportunity of hospitals reaching capability.

“Now that we’re seeing growing positivity charges throughout the state, then we might count on to see extra folks proceed to be contaminated for about one other week or so, after which hospitalizations, we’re looking forward to in all probability the second week in January at this level,” mentioned Dr. Kutner.

She mentioned people who find themselves not vaccinated or haven’t but had their booster photographs are extra inclined to getting contaminated.

“If you happen to’ve been round lots of people or you’ve got been touring or are involved that you simply had an publicity, the testing window is about 5-to-7 days after that publicity,” mentioned Dr. Kutner. “As soon as any individual is optimistic, normally in the event that they’re going to turn into sick sufficient to require hospitalization, that’s one other week-to-10 days later.”

That’s the reason as positivity charges improve within the state, hospitalizations could begin to improve as properly two weeks later.

Will this turn into a Christmas custom? To be discussing testing and security protocols for COVID?

“Boy, I hope not. I hope by subsequent yr that COVID is among the many issues that we see and deal with and that it isn’t dominating what we’re specializing in, both in our non-public lives, or for these of us in healthcare,” mentioned Dr. Kutner. “By subsequent yr I hope that we’re speaking about sports activities or snowboarding or one thing else.”

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