It works for parking garages at the mall; it can work for our post-vaccination workforce too
When I parked at Fashion Valley Mall in the pre-March 15th 2020 World, the parking garage would indicate if there were open parking spots or if it was full.
It would even indicate which level of the garage had parking. Creating a similar tool for personnel occupancy would reveal whether the building with an on-campus employee’s private/nonshared office was at 25% occupancy or not & therefore safe to enter.
In addition, UCSD’s Canyonview swimming pool has a pool lane reservation system in which people can reserve a pool lane up to 72 hours prior to when they want to swim. It’s very similar to the system I used to reserve my racquetball courts & the system I used to reserve McGill 1350 for data collection (https://psychology.ucsd.edu/about/resources/instruction/room-calendars.html).
Creating an app/website that could track current occupancy, what time(s) someone has placed a reservation request, & what floor the request is on could help to ensure that each floor only has 25% occupancy.
By the numbers → if each floor of a three-story building can fit 60, then limiting each floor to 15 = 45 total = 25%
An app/website of that nature would facilitate greater safety regarding adherence to occupancy.
(It may also be helpful to use the parking garage indicators on bathrooms as there is currently no way to determine if any given bathroom is at the max capacity of 2 people inside without walking inside)
UCSD should name a building after Dr. Natasha Martin after COVID
Jarryd: “a doorknob may be a carrier [fomites] but he’s not infected because he’s just a doorknob, just as someone vaccinated may be a carrier but show no indications of illness related to the infection thanks to the vaccine”
GamerGirl: Did you just refer to a doorknob as “he”… you’ve been socially distant for so long you’re anthropomorphizing doorknobs now?
Jarryd: Oh it gets even better — last weekend I legitimately couldn’t tell I was talking to a human rather than an Ai lols
Recommended CDC Travel Guidelines
The CDC released an updated travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals on April 2nd.
The CDC has identified 152 countries as VERY HIGH RISK for COVID-19. All travel to countries on the CDC’s LEVEL 4 list should be avoided. Please review the CDC risk classification for specific countries prior to booking travel.
UCSD Travel Policy Update
Domestic Travel. Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling — wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.
International Travel. Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination. Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction. Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test three to five days after returning from international travel. Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally — wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.
UC San Diego Employee Travel
The interim UC San Diego Travel Policy Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak has been rescinded and all UC San Diego employees are directed to follow the CDC Guidance before, during and upon return from travel. Restrictions on travel for UC San Diego employees have been removed. It is strongly recommended to continue to book official university travel through the UC San Diego travel system, Concur, in order for travelers to receive critical information about their destinations, automatically register for UC’s Traveler Insurance, protect travel funds and facilitate efficient trip reconciliation upon return. Guidance on booking in Concur is available on Blink.
Employees may be uncomfortable returning to regular travel at this time due to family responsibilities or concern for their health. Supervisors are asked to consider an employee’s individual situation and comfort level and consider alternate modes of fulfilling duties that require travel. Until further notice, supervisors cannot require employees to travel.
Updated Information for Travelers
- Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
- People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
- Fully vaccinated travelers should follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
- Jarryd → And pack your Vitamin-D to ensure you continue taking it while you’re away
Immunity Via Vaccination is Better (and Safer) Than Immunity Via Recovery From Infection
Vaccines train our immune system to recognize the targeted virus and create antibodies to fight off the disease without getting the disease itself. After vaccination, the body is ready to fight the virus if it is later exposed to it, thereby preventing illness.
Most people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, develop an immune response within the first few weeks, but we are still learning how strong and lasting that immune response is, and how it varies between different people.
People who have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2 should still get vaccinated unless told otherwise by their health care provider. Even if you’ve had a previous infection, the vaccine acts as a booster that strengthens the immune response. There have also been some instances of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 a second time, which makes getting vaccinated even more important.
For vaccines that require two doses, the first dose presents antigens — proteins that stimulate the production of antibodies — to the immune system for the first time. Scientists call this priming the immune response. The second dose acts as a booster, ensuring the immune system develops a memory response to fight off the virus if it encounters it again.