Health advice from the Trop Social Club….it’s fine, but more information is required.

Tropicana Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. Let’s enjoy the park, but be careful. ©


Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC.  Editor


If you received the newsletter “Tropicana Topics” yesterday, you will find a “message” from the President. He said , “If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Even a minor sore throat, sniffles or headache can be a sign of a cold, the flu, or Covid.”

But his list is incomplete regarding COVID-19.  Here is the list from the Mayo Clinic:

Signs and symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. This time after exposure and before having symptoms is called the incubation period. You can still spread COVID-19 before you have symptoms (presymptomatic transmission). Common signs and symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness

Early symptoms of COVID-19 may include a loss of taste or smell.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

This list isn’t complete. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

And, I would add, those who are over 65 and/or have underlying medical problems, especially those with diminished immunity, are prone to get very sick if they catch the virus.


So, in terms of socializing in the Park, it would be easy for Omicron to spread quickly. I suspect that is why most residents in Tropicana seem to be avoiding activities which involve groups, especially indoors but also when you can’t distance.

Pres. Jim Hitz’s  warning does not mention distancing, masking, hand washing and quarantining when needed. But his general warning is certainly valid.

If  you have symptoms, as he said, stay home until you can talk to your doctor or check into an urgicenter. You can rush out and get tested, if you can find a place to go without spending all day in line, but it would be best to discuss timing with a doctor .  You could have a negative test and still be infectious.

Happy New Year and please be careful at all times.