Since our community has recently had a number of COVID cases we are offering some basic information for our sangat members to get better informed on how to keep COVID free and what to do if you become infected to help prevent the spread of the virus. We need to take this seriously as many could be put at risk if we do not remain vigilant in our safety practices.
We are abiding by the Statewide Requirement that face masks be worn in all public indoor spaces in New Mexico so be sure to wear your mask in the Gurdwara, Langar Kitchen and Langar Hall. Also, keeping 6 ft. distancing and washing hands frequently are recommended.
If you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last two weeks, please contact Saraswati Kaur (Virginia) at [email protected] for a confidential and anonymous contact tracing interview at at 202-230-1211. She has generously provided her services as a health case worker, to help people in the ashram navigate what they should do to keep others safe and to help contain the spread of COVID in our community.
Free COVID Tests are available at Northern New Mexico College, in the Ben Lujan Library parking lot with Curative, Monday-Friday. 8am-2pm. Curative testing has other locations closeby. Also, you can schedule COVID tests at our local CVS Pharmacy
The Antigen test is a test for active illness and recent exposure to COVID. The Antigen test is the test that an individual would test positive to when they have had initial contact with an individual who has the illness and is either symptomatic, asymptomatic, or is in recovery phase but their body is sloughing off dead virus cells. This test would become negative after several weeks once the individual is no longer showing symptoms. The Antigen test is normally tested through saliva or nasal swab.
The Antibody test shows that the individual either has had the illness or has had the vaccine and indicates some type of immunity. This is the test which would be positive for several months, but individuals are not infectious. This test is a blood test. This is important for people to know. https://www.testing.com/tests/covid-19-antigen-test/
What to do if you get COVID
Simply stated, stay at home in isolation until all 3 of the following are met:
- At least 14 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared; AND,
- At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication (like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or aspirin); AND,
- Your symptoms have improved
If you get COVID and live with someone
- They should remain at home and limit contact with other people for 10 days from the time your isolation period ends. They should watch for fever and symptoms for a full 14 days. If these occur, they should get tested right away. If there are no symptoms, they should wait 7 to 10 days after your positive test to get tested.