I just learned today that a hairdresser–he is really good with Asian hairstyle–in Edison, New Jersey just got notice that one of his clients was diagnosed with Omicron yesterday. So today the whole hair salon is shut down. All the clients in the past week were contacted, all the employees (including the delivery boy) were tested, and all the family members of the employees were being tested for virus.
This is on top of last week when my friend in Queens, New York, told me that her parent in-laws were both tested positive for Omicron. Her in-laws are living with my friend’s sister-in-law’s family. The Omicron was brought back by my friend’s nephew from his kindergarten, where one of the kids got a fever. The whole kindergarten was shut down, all the employees, kids, and kids’ family members were tested. Among them, my friend’s sister-in-law, her husband, their two kids, my friend’s in-laws–all six of them were positive for Omicron. The kids had no symptom, their parents felt a little like having a mild cold for a day, but the two in-laws, being in their 60s, suffered the worst of it. The two in-laws already had their booster shot, but still they had fever, one for one day and the other for two days.
Somehow I have a doomed feeling that everyone on earth is going to get Omicron sooner or later. If anything, everybody in the Asian community here is extra careful. And this is why among all the people I know and and among their extended circles, nobody has got the virus for the last two years, until two weeks ago. However Omicron is just too contagious. Even with the best vigilance, one still can’t avoid it. The first case of Omicron in America was confirmed on Nov. 22. And it is quite unbelievable to me that just in one month time, it can be transferred to 6 people I know (I don’t know them myself but I know them through my friend) and another family of four, the hairdresser’s, are in danger of being confirmed.
Wait, I retract. In the past two years, I did hear one case of Delta. Seven months ago, I heard that there’s a girl, who’s the daughter of an acquaintance, who was asked to go to get tested. She was attending college in Boston and her roommate was tested positive for Delta. This is the only case I heard among people I know.
Let’s pray for a wonderful 2022 with less worries.