Friday Nurse Notes

September 30, 2022

To: Pitzer Staff

Good afternoon Pitzer Community,

This week’s email will highlight the current Covid-19 status, and what we can do as a community to help decrease transmission.

Covid-19 infections and reinfections will continue to impact campus life. However, individuals can successfully assess their situation, navigate the school year, and remain in good health with a better understanding of the disease, prevention strategies and treatments available. Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are currently the most dominant strains of Covid-19.  These new variants, while more infectious, cause less severe disease.  Most of the rise of BA.4 and BA.5 is due to its increased ability to infect individuals previously immune to other variants of Covid-19.

What can we do to help reduce transmission?

  • The first steps in prevention and protection against Covid-19 are vaccinations and wearing a mask in high-risk scenarios, such as indoor events with a high volume of people.  N-95 masks filter up to 95% of the particles in the air and reduce your odds of testing positive by 83%.

  • Staying up to date on your vaccinations helps protect everyone in the community. In heavily vaccinated populations, like Pitzer, breakthrough infections are less likely to occur. People who are vaccinated are 24% less likely to infect close contacts, and those that are vaccinated and previously infected were 41% less likely to pass on the virus.

  • Screen yourself for symptoms daily. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

  • Know when to test for COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, get tested right away. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.

The Pitzer COVID Dashboard reports weekly cases on campus pending results from the lab.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to me!

Best Regards,

Nurse Zephyr