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Here’s what to do if you test positive for COVID, according to updated CDC guidelines – NBC Chicago

Fueled by the fast-spreading BA.5 subvariant, COVID-19 infections continue to occur throughout Illinois, with some communities downstate particularly hard hit.

As of Friday, dozens of Illinois counties were listed at the “high” community level, according to the latest measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which improved from a week earlier.

Since it looks like COVID isn’t going away anytime soon, what steps should you take if you test positive?

If you have had COVID and followed the appropriate advice, you will need to take note of this as the current recommendations are not the same as before.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its quarantine and isolation guidelines on Thursday, explaining that more tools, including vaccinations, are available to protect people from COVID-19.

Anyone who tests positive should isolate themselves from others, regardless of their vaccination status, in accordance with the latest recommendations. If you feel sick and think you have COVID, but have not yet received your test results, isolation is also recommended.

After a positive test, you should stay home for at least 5 days, with the first day of symptoms being day 0, and isolate yourself from others during this time. Since you’re likely to be the most contagious, it’s advisable to wear a high-quality mask when you need to be around other people, according to health officials.

If after 5 days you no longer have a fever for 24 hours without taking medication and your symptoms improve or you have never had symptoms, you can end the isolation after the 5th day. are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11, according to the CDC.

You must wear a high quality mask until day 10.

The changes were announced days after Chicago’s top doctor teased the potential change to COVID quarantine requirements, while also outlining isolation guidelines.

The CDC’s reminder about the possibility of testing outside of isolation also comes amid questions about whether such a move is necessary. Questions particularly arose after President Joe Biden tested negative following his infection and began to leave isolation before testing positive a second time a few days later.

The omicron subvariant BA.5 showed an increased ability to circumvent accumulated immunity in patients through COVID vaccines and boosters, and the disease also showed an increased ability to cause positive tests for longer periods of time , even if patients do not. You don’t get as sick with the new variants.

NBC Chicago

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