A new wave of cases with the BA.2 omicron subvariant appears to be sweeping the United States. NBC News’ tally shows that, the daily case numbers in the United States have grown by 9% in the last two weeks. Some of the agency’s masking, testing, and isolation requirements have altered since then.
Here’s what the CDC recommends if you’ve been exposed to the virus or have tested positive.
- Wearing a mask: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been basing masking instructions on three variables since February: hospital capacity, new Covid cases, and hospital admissions. To see if masks are required, use the agency’s online tool to assess your county’s risk level.
- If someone around you tests positive: Unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people should be in isolation for at least five days. They should, however, wear masks around others and refrain from traveling for at least 10 days. People who have been vaccinated and boosted do not need to be quarantined unless they show symptoms. If symptoms emerge, get a test; if they don’t, get a test after five days and wear a mask around others for ten days.
- If you test positive: After a positive test, isolate yourself for five days minimum. Wear a mask among other people and don’t travel for at least 10 days. If you develop symptoms while in isolation, the five-day cycle begins all over again, with the first day of symptoms becoming day zero.
- While isolating: Try to stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if you live with others. When you’re among other people in the house, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, wipe surfaces regularly, and don’t share utensils or towels. To promote ventilation, open doors and windows and turn on fans. Keep yourself hydrated and get some rest. Symptoms like fever and muscle aches can be relieved with over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol. If you get serious symptoms, such as problems breathing, persistent pain, or chest pressure, go to the hospital.
- Leaving isolation: You can come out of isolation at least five days after your positive test if you are symptom-free. You can also discontinue isolation after five days if you haven’t had a fever for 24 hours and your symptoms have improved considerably. Use a quick test five days following your initial positive result if you have access to one.
For more information at NBC NEWS, here is the link; https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-guidelines-covid-tests-isolation-exposure-rcna24307