Hairyducked Idiot wrote:
I thought this study started to nail down something we already pretty much knew:https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101 ... 20212233v1
The superspread phenomenon can only really be explained if a small percentage of people are way more infectious than everybody else. We keep seeing that most people don't spread it to anyone or maybe one other person. 80% of people who are in a household with a positive test don't end up testing positive themselves. But a small number of people spread it to many people, often dozens.
When we're talking about schools, that's why I think the most important tool we have is limiting the potential spread network. Keep kids and teachers in small, self-contained groups. That way, when Little Johnny Virusbreath shows up, you get 10 cases instead of 50.
Yeah, and it's why the slow motion car crash that's going on where I work is driving me insane.
Working from home isn't an option due to the security clearance-based systems, so early on (basically the beginning of March) they split the entire work force into alternating weeks, and anyone considered high risk was home indefinitely. And it worked! Everyone was able to space out from each other, mask usage was embraced early on, and cases stayed very, very low.
But since September 1st, it's been a cascading effect of different offices/groups pushing to get back as many of their people as possible. The problem is none of this is truly compartmentalized; you bring back one group to full time as much possible, and then you need their support groups and partner offices back with more and more people, too. And then their support and partner offices...and so on and so on and so on.
So everyone is still wearing masks...but that's about it. The high risk categories were sharply pared down, so most of those folks are back, too. More offices than not are working all the time, close to or at 100%, even though the alternating week setup is technically in effect at least until December. We can't open windows or doors because it's a secure facility. No UV filters or air purifiers have been added anywhere. Technically being 6 feet apart at your desks is considered enough for an office to be authorized to bring people back, but horsefeathering 6 feet is the guidance for having passing contact with someone, not horsefeathering sitting next to them for 8+ hours.
The higher ups keep touting the low infection rate, but it's low only because they only test people if they're "feeling sick." I figured by the time this many people were back on site there'd be at least required weekly testing for everyone....nope. Not even close. And I've already dealt with the fallout of people scrambling to how to figure out how to cover for teams where suddenly everyone is out indefinitely because of a suspected case (or more). Shocker that not having ANY of your staff for 2 weeks or more is worse than having half of your staff each week.
It's not going to go well. I have little doubt we'll be back on a strict weekly split again soon enough.