CDC Simplifies COVID-19 Guidelines To Help The Public Better Protect Themselves And Understand Their Risks | CDC online newsroom

Today, CDC is streamlining its COVID-19 guide to help people better understand their own risks, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are ill or test positive. virus test. COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools at our disposal to reduce the severity of COVID-19, there is a significantly lower risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death than when the pandemic began.

“We are in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools, such as vaccinations, boosters and treatments, to protect ourselves and our communities from serious COVID-19 diseases,” said Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, Author of MMWR. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from exposure to the virus, such as wearing high-quality masks, testing and better ventilation. This guide recognizes that the pandemic is not over, but it also helps us reach a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives ”.

Supporting this CDC update is:

  • Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people from serious illness, hospitalization and death. The protection provided by the current vaccine against infection and symptomatic transmission is lower than that against serious diseases and decreases over time, especially against the variants currently in circulation. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available.
  • By updating its guide for people who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines on what to do if exposed to someone with COVID-19. This is consistent with existing guidance for people who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Recommending that instead of quarantining if you have been exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and take the test on day 5.
  • Reiterating that regardless of your vaccination status, you should isolate yourself from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate yourself if you are sick and suspect you have COVID-19 but don’t have the test results yet.
      • If the results are positive, follow the CDC’s complete isolation recommendations.
      • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
  • Recommending that if you test positive for the COVID-19 test, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home. You are probably most contagious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you need to be with others at home and in public.
    • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms are improving or you have never had symptoms, you may want to stop isolation after day 5.
    • Regardless of when you finish isolation, avoid being with people who are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19 until at least day 11.
    • You should wear a high quality mask until day 10.
  • Recommending that if you have moderate illness
  • Recommending that if you have had a serious illness
  • Clarify that once isolation is complete, if the symptoms of COVID-19 worsen, restart isolation on day 0. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about symptoms or when to end isolation.
  • The recommendation of screening tests on asymptomatic people with no known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community facilities.
  • Emphasize that physical distance is only one component of how to protect yourself and others. It is important to consider the risk in a particular context, including local community COVID-19 levels and the important role of ventilation, when evaluating the need to maintain physical distance.

Actions to be taken will continue to be informed by the community COVID-19 levels, launched in February. CDC will continue to focus efforts on the prevention of serious diseases and post-COVID conditions, ensuring that everyone has the information and tools they need to reduce risk.

This updated guide is intended to apply to community settings. In the coming weeks, CDC will work to align standalone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare facilities, bring together the highest risk of transmission and travel facilities, with today’s update.

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