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CDC changes quarantine guidelines, COVID alert levels change – NBC Chicago

Guidelines on what to do if you test positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone who has changed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unveiled its new set of recommendations as measures begin to decline in parts of the Chicago area and the fall school year begins for many.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

New CDC COVID guidelines: How new isolation rules vary by symptom severity

After more than a week of waiting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally unveiled its new guidelines for isolation, quarantine and social distancing, but one of the biggest changes is for those with more severe symptoms. severe from the virus.

The new guidelines offer different approaches for patients who have traditional mild symptoms, including fever, cough and other cold-like conditions, and those with more serious illness, including those with difficulty breathing. or shortness of breath.

Learn more here.

Should you test before leaving COVID isolation? Here’s What the CDC Says, Chicago’s Top Doctor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of COVID guidelines on Thursday, clarifying whether recovering people should test outside of isolation.

In its updated guidelines, the CDC has recommended different approaches for patients based on their symptoms.

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Here’s what the new CDC guidelines say to do if you have a COVID rebound

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled a series of new COVID guidelines Thursday afternoon, marking the organization’s ongoing efforts to ease restrictions as new treatments and vaccine formulations continue to be released.

The new guidelines, which mainly focused on changing quarantine and isolation recommendations, had been discussed for several weeks, but now the agency says it has streamlined its advice on what to do if people are infected or exposed to the virus.

Learn more here.

CDC vs CPS: What to know about the new COVID guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their new COVID guidelines Thursday, changing several recommendations just days after Chicago Public Schools released their own set of policies for the 2022-2023 school year.

Both guidelines reflect ongoing efforts to ease restrictions as new treatments and vaccine formulations continue to be released.

Learn more here.

Illinois COVID measures: McHenry and Cook counties move to ‘average’ community levels

Two of Illinois’ most populous counties have seen reductions in several key COVID metrics in recent weeks, with Cook and McHenry counties both falling to a ‘medium’ community level of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.

In the Chicago area, Grundy County also fell to the “average” level according to updated metrics. Kankakee County continued its recent decline in COVID measures, falling to a “low” community level of the virus.

Learn more here.

New CDC COVID guidelines: How new isolation rules vary by symptom severity

After more than a week of waiting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally unveiled its new guidelines for isolation, quarantine and social distancing, but one of the biggest changes is for those with more severe symptoms. severe from the virus.

The new guidelines offer different approaches for patients who have traditional mild symptoms, including fever, cough and other cold-like conditions, and those with more serious illness, including those with difficulty breathing. or shortness of breath.

Learn more here.

CDC issues new guidelines for COVID isolation and quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released changes to its guidelines for COVID isolation and quarantine, changing recommendations for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the virus and offering new advice on how to end isolation and what to do if symptoms return.

Learn more here.

As COVID continues to evolve, do you still need to quarantine after exposure?

With the Chicago Public Schools start date just over a week away, summer vacation for students and teachers is coming to an end. And now that COVID vaccinations are approved for children 6 months and older, guidelines and policies have changed for the upcoming school year, with officials emphasizing the importance of vaccine protection over masking.

But as the classroom gets closer, the city remains at what the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention classifies as “high” community transmission of the virus.

Learn more here.

BA.5: Symptoms to watch out for and more information on the most common variant of COVID in America

With new variants and subvariants of COVID driving the rise in cases in Illinois and other parts of the country, many are wondering if symptoms are changing as more and more people begin to experience them. to feel.

Currently, the BA.5 omicron subvariant accounts for nearly 90% of COVID cases in the United States, according to estimates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more here.

Chicago Public Schools Releases COVID 2022-23 Guidelines: What You Need to Know

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assesses potential changes to a slew of COVID protocols, Chicago Public Schools announced changes it will make to the district’s handling of the virus this fall.

According to Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and CPS CEO Pedro Martinez, CPS will not require students and faculty to be vaccinated against the virus when they return to buildings this fall.

Learn more here.

Changes may soon be coming to COVID quarantine and isolation guidelines, says Chicago’s top doctor

As COVID continues to evolve, quarantine and isolation guidelines may also change, according to Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Although the Centers for Disease Control hasn’t made any changes to its current guidelines, Arwady said she expects updates to come soon.

Learn more here.

COVID Variant Tracker: BA.5 continues to gain traction, as does BA.4’s subline

According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the BA.5 subvariant of COVID continues to account for a larger share of coronavirus cases, but another variant is also slowly gaining traction.

Those estimates, released every Tuesday, show the BA.5 subvariant currently accounts for 87.1% of cases in the United States, down from 84.5% a week ago.

See more measurements here.

Does everyone with COVID have symptoms with BA.5? Here’s What Chicago’s Top Doctor Says

Health experts noted that the BA.5 omicron subvariant led to more symptomatic infections, but could some people still have the virus and not know it?

Chicago’s top doctor said the answer to that question is still yes, though she notes that even those with symptoms can mistake them for other illnesses.

Learn more here.

Can you end COVID isolation if you still test positive? What you need to know about the guidelines

Still tested positive even after self-isolating for COVID?

What does this mean for your period of isolation and when can you start seeing people again?

Experts say some tests can remain positive for several weeks after infection.

Learn more here.

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