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US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention New isolation guidelines raised new questions about how to follow safety measures and plan for New Year’s Eve events.
Here are answers to some key questions:
Q: What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19? How long do I need to quarantine?
ONE: “Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended isolation period from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to less than 10 days. 5 days, if no symptoms, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around other people,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a December 27 update.
The update does not make it clear how long infected people still have symptoms that need to be isolated. CDC previously said People with Covid-19 symptoms should isolate for 10 days.
“To calculate your 10-day quarantine, day 0 is the day you first showed symptoms.” CDC said on December 9. “Day 1 is the first day after Your symptoms have developed. “
The decision to reduce the isolation period for people without symptoms after 5 days was motivated by research showing that most of the spread of Covid-19 “occurs early in the course of the disease, often within 1-2 days”. before the onset of symptoms and 2-3 days after,” CDC said on December 27.
“So people who test positive should be isolated for 5 days, and if there are no symptoms, they can be isolated if they can continue to wear a mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting people. is different”.
Q: What should I do if I have recently been in contact with someone who has Covid-19? How long do I have to quarantine?
ONE: It depends on whether you’re fully vaccinated and boosted, the CDC says.
Those who received the booster shot “do not need to be isolated after exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure,” CDC said in the December 27 update.
“For those who have not been immunized or have been more than six months since their second dose of mRNA (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccination) and have not been boosted, CDC currently recommends isolation for 5 days, followed by strict mask use for 5 more days,” the CDC said.
“Also, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, then the exposed person is required wear a mask that fits all the time when around other people for 10 days after exposure. “
The CDC says for anyone who has been in contact with someone with Covid-19, it’s best to get tested 5 days after exposure.
“If symptoms occur, individuals should be isolated immediately until the test is negative The CDC confirms the symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.
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