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Questions on how you can protect yourself against Covid-19?

You are not alone. As we transition from pandemic response, to more of our "Pre-Covid-19" duties, we occasionally receive questions about the best ways for community members to continue to protect themselves against Covid-19. Here are some CDC recommendations:

To avoid exposure, wear high-quality masks, utilize testing options (at-home test or through a provider), and take steps to improve ventilation.

"This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives." - Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR author.

In support of this update CDC is:

  • To protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. stay up to date with vaccination.

  • Instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.

  • Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.

  • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

  • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.

  • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.

  • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.

  • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.

  • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.

  • If you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.

  • If you had severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.

  • After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.

  • Recommend screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings.

  • Physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others. It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

For the full CDC press release on the streamlining of Covid-19 Guidance, please utilize the link below:

CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

To keep up with the latest information on Covid-19 Community Levels, utilize the CDC Tracker: COVID-19 by County | CDC

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