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March 24, 2020

We need testing

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Is it just me or are the days just feeling endless?  I realize that it hasn’t even been that long since the Bay Area shelter-in-place was implemented but it feels like it’s been going on forever.  Maybe it’s because the kids haven’t really been able to leave the house and so they’re not really able to expend as much energy as they need.  Also #2 son doesn’t have much school work to do and typically finishes up everything (including the extra math and extra reading) by 10:30 AM so that doesn’t help with trying to keep him busy.

I have been obsessively reading about anti-body testing and vaccines and probably just bumming myself out even more about the state of the world.   I just haven’t figured out a good way to shut off my brain during these times.

In other news, East Bay Citizen has a good Alameda County specific update, highlights:

At this point in time, the county’s hospitals are yet feeling the expected stress to the system that is expected in the coming days and weeks. The number of hospital beds and Emergency Room availability is “stable,” said Colleen Chawla, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency director.

“Our system is not being strapped at the moment and has capacity for any health care needs we may have,” Chawla told Supervisors Wilma Chan and Nate Miley.

I mean, that’s a positive that the number of hospital beds is “stable” but all in all I think the Alameda County numbers are still artificially low because we haven’t done much testing.  We only have 112 confirmed COVID-19 cases and that seems not correct.  We need to be testing a lot more to understand the full extent of the problem and, maybe, Alameda County’s earlier shelter-in-place has contributed to the low numbers but how do we know if we don’t have tests?



  1. #2 could work on this for a while, if he really has nothing else to do:

    Comment by MP — March 24, 2020 @ 7:25 am

  2. An overview how testing works.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 24, 2020 @ 9:28 am

  3. I figured you for a Tiger Mom because you number your kids, and claimed they had a “schedule.” Better prepare them for the inevitable essay when school opens-“what did you do with your break time?” Teach them to cook, hammer a nail, use a screwdriver and a saw. Have they planted a vegetable garden? Good readers get the highest test scores. Zoom is a great app to connect with teachers or classmates. Have them watch an appropriate TED-Ed and a Khan Academy video every day. Don’t forget art, poetry and music. Who needs school?

    On the subject of testing- you don’t need to be tested (and the test should be saved for others) unless you’re Harvey Weinstein in federal custody, a celebrity, NBA player, or have traveled from a hot zone…

    According to the NYT,

    “What are the warning signs that should cause concern for otherwise healthy people?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the following symptoms should prompt you to seek emergency treatment.

    Difficulty breathing

    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

    Confusion or inability to arouse

    Bluish lips or face

    Any other symptom that is severe or concerning”

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 24, 2020 @ 1:57 pm

  4. I’ve been staying in as much as possible, but I finally had to go pick up a few things at the store. I walked to Alameda Natural Grocery (about 5 blocks away from my house) and everyone I passed (maybe 10-12 people total, coming & going — at least 1/3 of those were walking dogs) made sure to keep a six foot buffer zone between us. The employees at the store are now protected by a plexiglass barrier, and they are wearing gloves. Kudos to the store for taking extra steps to protect their workforce. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to pick up everything on my list (OK, who’s buying up all the tofu?), but the whole shopping experience was nowhere near as nerve-wracking as I had feared it would be.

    Comment by trow125 — March 24, 2020 @ 3:25 pm

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