CDC Guidelines for Covid-19

Dec 2, 2022

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As Covid has continued to spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidelines for dealing with the virus. Take a look at the new CDC guidelines for Covid to find out how you can best protect yourself and your loved ones.

What are the New CDC Guidelines for Covid?

Isolation and Precaution for People with Covid

If you have tested positive for Covid, you should isolate yourself from others whether you are vaccinated or not. You must also isolate yourself regardless of whether you have any symptoms.

You should also be sure to isolate if you have been exposed to Covid but have not yet gotten your test results. This means staying home and separating yourself from other members of your household. If possible, use a different bathroom, improve your home’s ventilation, stay in one room, and avoid sharing personal items. This can be challenging if you live in a smaller space, but your precautions will help your family or loved ones stay safe and healthy.

If you have tested positive, you must be isolated at home for 5 days. If you must be around other people at home, wear a high-quality mask like a KN95. Ill-fitting masks or single-ply cloth masks are often ineffective at preventing the spread of the disease.

If you do not have any symptoms, you can end your isolation after 5 days. Continue to wear a mask for the next 5 days, including at home if you live with other people.

If you were symptomatic, you may end your isolation after 5 days if your symptoms are gone or are improving. If your symptoms have not improved, you were hospitalized, or you have a weakened immune system, you should isolate yourself for 10 days. Either way, you must wear a mask for the next 5 days after your isolation ends. Masks are especially important if you are immunocompromised, as you could be more susceptible to infection.

When to Wear a Mask and Get Tested

Masking guidelines can vary depending on where you live, so be sure to check your state or county’s individual guidelines. You should get tested for Covid if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive or if you start to feel sick in any way. Covid symptoms present differently in everyone, so it is always better to err on the side of caution. You should get tested even if you just have a minor symptom like a runny nose or a low fever.

What Should You Do if You are Exposed to Someone Who Tested Positive?

If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, wear a mask around other people, and do not travel for 10 days. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away.

Special Considerations for People Who are Immunocompromised

If you are immunocompromised, you should wear a mask indoors and when gathering in large groups, such as at a concert or parade. If you are immunocompromised and have tested positive, you should isolate for a full 10 days. This is to ensure that you have fully recovered and will not risk a more severe illness.

Immunocompromised people may include the elderly, smokers, or people who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder like multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. It is also possible to become immunocompromised if you have undergone a medical treatment for cancer or have been diagnosed with cancer. Your doctor can offer more information regarding your own immunity.

Contact Community Lab Today

If you believe you may be infected with Covid, CommunityLab can help. We offer curbside Covid testing for all variants. Testing is quick and easy, with most tests taking less than 10 minutes. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more or to schedule your test.