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Caught Covid at a Team Outing 1 week ago

Ladies and Gentleman, be careful about meeting up with people especially if you're unvaccinated because I caught covid last week at a company sponsored team outing. Someone at the team outing tested positive for covid the next day.


I have been working remotely in a country where there are no resources for getting the vaccine and I returned two weeks ago to the USA. Hindsight is 20/20, but I wish I would have either returned sooner to the US to get the vaccine, or gotten it immediately after my arrival to the US. As far as I know out of the 10 attendees, I am the only one who has tested positive aside from the originator. My guess is the originator and myself might have been the only unvaccinated people there.


I am not going to lie, part of me hesitating to get the vaccine stemmed from the following:


  • Close friends not getting the vaccine
  • One of my mentors not getting the vaccine
  • All of the media publishing breakthrough cases making me question the vaccine's efficacy


I'm a pretty young and healthy person, so catching covid was a risk I was willing to take. I was also nervous about feeling sick after the vaccine because I had a quota to hit and a lot of other things to do. But honestly, even with mild symptom getting the vaccine sounds like a much better option if I could go back in time. I imagine someone older than me would likely feel symptoms much worse. And now having to isolate for two weeks sucks big hairy monkey balls.


Our company said they will give PTO to those who test positive and need to recover, but I'm also stuck in a room all day so I don't really have much else to do than work. It would be nice if the company gave quota relief this month but I don't expect that from them.


What I learned:


  • I should have taken Covid more serious.
  • The Vaccine does work.
  • Covid sucks if you catch it



TLDR; get the vaccine. Protect yourself and others.


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SaaSam
Politicker
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Account Executive
Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong as I'm not trying to be a dick. But if it takes roughly 14 days for symptoms to show, and if memory serves to even test positive, how would it have been possible for you to have caught it at that outing 7 days ago? You would have had to have gotten it a week prior.

Again, I've not really looked into any of the new research or anything so I could be wrong.
PresidentSkroob
Fire Starter
+3
CSM
Great question @SaaSam. Symptoms can actually start to show anywhere from 2 - 14 days after exposure (this is called the incubation period aka from exposure to symptom onset).Β 

This is also part of the reason why you don't want to get tested IMMEDIATELY after exposure. You want to go 2-5 days after because the initial results may be false if tested too early.Β 

Even vaccinated, you can still be a carrier and spread the virus -- which is why the mask ordinances are starting to make a comeback.Β 

(Disclaimer: Clearly I'm not a doctor. But like anyone who has been in an SDR role, I'm very good at research.)
SaaSam
Politicker
+8
Account Executive
Haha yeah ex SDR here too lazy to research. But I appreciate the clarity. Thanks
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cw95
Politicker
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Sales Development Lead
Well that sucks! Unlucky, hope you're good!Β 
thegrinch
Politicker
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SDR
Thank you. I'm feeling a lot better now!

cw95
Politicker
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Sales Development Lead
Good, glad to hear it!Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
I'm so sorry friend. Fluids and rest, ya hear?
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Thank you! I'm feeling almost 100% 1 week later!
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
TLDR says it all. Hope you get well soon, and you should most definitely take the time to tune out from work and recover. Your brain can tell you body to do a lot of strange shit under stress, such as work, and it will prolong your recovery time.
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Thanks for the well wishes. I am entitled to a 2 week paid leave and I'm about to start week 2. I was originally going to go back after 1 week but now I'm inclined to take the full 2 weeks. It's nice to tune out, have a proper break and let my body fully heal.Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Unfortunately this type of story hasn't changed much despite happening over and over and over and over again. There was a post the other week from somebody who was clearly just look to get affirmation for not being vaccinated.

It's dangerous to not be vaccinated and it will remain so.
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Completely agree. How long do you think someone should wait to get theΒ  vaccine after catching the vid? I was thinking within a month, but the CDC recommends 3Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
I am not a doctor. Please ask a doctor!
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+5
Southeast Regional Manager
Solid Advice.
I have an in person company training event scheduled for next week and there will be hundreds of people in attendance. Needless to say I am a little nervous about this.Β 
I got Vaxxed back in March, so I am WELL past the two week window, but I am still a little concerned. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it gets cancelled / changed to a remote event sometime later on this week.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
We had a similar situation, and our CEO asked everyone if they were vaxed and told those that were not that they would have to stay home. I saw no problem with this, though the ones stuck at home did.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Then they should've gotten vaxxed.
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thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Your feelings are completely valid. It's not the time to have mandatory in person trainings. Wash your hands often and don't hug people!
DustFrog
Valued Contributor
+4
Business Development Manager
Being sick sucks, and costs you money (lost productivity, treatment, drs office, etc).

The vaccine either prevents you from getting sick, or lessens the impact.

The vaccine is free.

Should be pretty easy even for us talkers who can't math to do that Cost/Benefit Analysis.
followingup
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
This is what I fear from the leadership team at my company trying to push to meet in person for quarterly reviews. Not sure why these team outings are so high priority right now given the state of things. I hope you feel better soon!
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Thank you for the well wishes. You said it perfectly - 'Not sure why these team outings are so high priority right now given the state of things.'
FamilyTruckster
Politicker
+9
Exec Director, Major Accounts
Sorry to hear.Β 

as Jerry Springer said…

”take care of yourselves, and each other.”
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Thank you, I've been taking good care this past week
slaydie
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Thanks for sharing. I hope you feel better soon and I hope people reading this who are not yet vaccinated may reconsider getting their shot!
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Fortunately I am feeling a lot better now. I definitely hope anyone hesitating to get vaccinated can avoid what I had to go through.Β 
HindsightHarry
Praised Answer
+3
Account Executive
Hindsight is 2020 my friend. Hoping full Recovery is around the corner for you
thegrinch
Politicker
+7
SDR
Thank you Hindsight Harry! I am feeling almost 100% now about 8 days since my symptoms started.Β 
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sellingsellssold
Politicker
+7
SDR
I feel this as I am also young and healthy and have not taken it very seriously at all. With the new rise in cases I have began to take it more seriously. Hope you feel better and recover well!
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What do you think? I caught Covid at a company sponsored team outing, I took a two week paid leave to recover and received no quota relief for the month of August.
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