SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The pandemic pressured many to skip vacation events final yr so this week will probably be further particular for households who will collect for Thanksgiving. However some are taking the additional step to play it protected by getting examined for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, on the Santa Clara County take a look at web site on the fairgrounds, greater than 2,200 individuals confirmed as much as get examined for the virus. The location usually checks a mean of 1,500 to 1,600 individuals a day. Organizers advised KPIX they consider the spike is as a result of individuals need to make certain they’re COVID-free earlier than they collect for the vacation.
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Uttam Dubal and his household are renting a house with one other household for Thanksgiving. He was in line on the fairgrounds alongside together with his two younger youngsters.
“Everyone seems to be form of completely satisfied to do it simply to be on the protected facet,” Dubal mentioned. “The entire adults are vaccinated. Our elder youngsters which might be above six, they’ve gotten the primary dose already.”
“We simply had a household group textual content and we had been identical to, ‘Let’s get examined simply to make sure and guarantee that everybody’s good,’” mentioned Audrey Fernandez.
However College of California San Francisco Prof. of Epidemiology George Rutherford mentioned testing isn’t crucial for unvaccinated teams until somebody is worried they had been uncovered to the virus, is in a high-risk group, just like the aged or no less than one particular person is unvaccinated.
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He mentioned for these particular circumstances, getting a speedy take a look at is simply positive.
Rutherford mentioned those that obtained their final dose greater than six months in the past, and haven’t obtained the booster, would additionally fall beneath the particular circumstance class because the efficacies for the vaccines have confirmed to wane after six months.
“I’m not going to offer it a blanket, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’ there are particular circumstances the place it could make sense,” mentioned Prof. Rutherford. “You probably have some mixture of older and youthful, and all people’s been vaccinated and all of the extra prone individuals have already gotten boosters, it’s overkill. I believe we’re in ok form there.”
However some mentioned getting examined is handy in order that they’re getting it finished anyway, together with Fernandez.
Dubal mentioned he’s grateful his good friend is on the identical web page about getting examined.
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“I believe it simply provides us a little bit further consolation earlier than we hang around continuous for 4 days,” he mentioned.