Illustration of a masked racoon staring warily at the coronavirus. By Na Huang | Daily Nexus
Illustration of a masked racoon staring warily at the coronavirus. By Na Huang | Daily Nexus

Check your language: We need to change how we talk about COVID

To a still COVID-cautious student witnessing the rise in classroom illness as winter quarter unfolds, the recent updates to California’s Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidance seem to have come at a strange time.


Hospitals across the country have responded to the recent influx of COVID-positive patients since December by reinstating mask mandates, yet the CDPH has determined that the right moment to forgo major isolation precautions in work and school environments — neither particularly known for their immaculate hygiene — is now. Rather than resulting in an already reduced isolation period, a positive test now means an infected employee is free to roam the workplace, “recommended” to wear a mask and — in rather subjective terms — “avoid contact” with high-risk individuals for a period of ten days. I’m not thrilled, to say the least. Read more…


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