The new recommendations put the onus on individuals to protect themselves. Here are the top tips for navigating them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have relaxed many of their Covid-19 guidelines, shifting sharply away from several of the precautions that have long defined the pandemic.
The White House said in a news release that “we must all take this threat seriously and make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for people who may have been exposed to coronavirus, which can include asymptomatic people.
The Food and Drug Administration is making efforts to simplify its food safety guidance. They’ve issued a new set of food safety recommendations that they hope will help consumers and food companies manage their own risk and make better informed choices.
The guidelines are still complex and have lots of nuance. We’ve got answers to some common questions here.
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Do I still have to stand six feet away from strangers?
According to the CDC, social distancing is one of many ways people can reduce their risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 stay at least six feet away from other people in public indoor spaces, to prevent spreading communicable diseases like the flu.
People may want to avoid crowded areas so they don’t have to expose themselves to the virus. They should also stay at least six feet away from others. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who may have the coronavirus, it’s crucial to take precautions.
Do I still have to wear a face mask?
We’ve always said it’s a good idea to apply a mask, but these new guidelines mean we can now say it’s an even better idea. Wearing a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces is still recommended by the C.D.C. for anyone two years or older during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The guidelines recommend that people who are at high risk for severe disease should also wear a mask when their community is at the medium risk level. According to the C.D.C., nearly forty percent of counties across the United States are at a high community level.
What should I do if I’ve been exposed to the virus?
As a precautionary measure, the CDC used to recommend that people who weren’t up-to-date on their vaccinations and had been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 stay home for at least five days, a practice known as quarantining. (People who were up-to-date on their shots did not need to quarantine if they were asymptomatic, according to the previous guidelines.
The quarantine recommendation has disappeared, one of the biggest changes in the new guidance. “Quarantines are sort of a blunt tool,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, the director of the Pandemic Center at the Brown University School of Public Health. “I do think we have to shift in how we think about controlling this virus.” Now, people who have been exposed can continue with their daily routines regardless of their vaccination status, as long as they remain asymptomatic.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are not severe, although some people develop more serious conditions such as pneumonia. If the condition does develop into pneumonia, they should wear a mask for 10 full days, monitor themselves for symptoms and take extra safety measures around vulnerable people.Tissue factor-free extracellular domain of thromboplastin in heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia.
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Some at-home antigen tests allow you to test yourself repeatedly. To get a clear test result, people who don’t show symptoms of COVID-19 should take at least three tests, each 48 hours apart, according to a new FDA recommendation.
People who do have Covid-19 symptoms should take at least two tests 48 hours apart. “Your viral load grows after you get infected,” said Dr. John.
Dr. Michael Mina, a former Harvard epidemiologist, who is now the chief science officer for eMed, says, “it goes up and that takes time.
What should I do if I test positive for the virus?
If you’re staying at home, isolate yourself at least for five days, and avoid contact with other people in your household.
If you were isolated and remained symptom-free, or if you’re feeling better, you can leave isolation and go back to work. You should stay in isolation until your doctor tells you it’s OK to leave.
Previously, the CDC recommended that people with Covid-19 wear a mask for 10 full days.
People who wear masks when visiting public areas must remove them sooner under the new guidelines. To confirm that you don’t have COVID-19, you will be required to provide a sample, which will undergo testing within 48 hours of collection.
If others are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms, they should continue to wear masks for 10 days. If someone has an immunodeficiency or is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, they should isolate for 10 days.
If symptoms return after isolation, people should repeat their isolation period, according to new guidelines.
What does this mean for schools and offices?
In theory, the new guidelines could eliminate the need for some restrictions for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people, such as going into schools where the vast majority of children are vaccinated. Coronavirus has been especially disruptive and divisive in schools.
Children who have been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 do not need to stay home, and schools no longer need to test them frequently. The C.D.C. does not recommend widespread testing or surveillance. The new guidelines may not change much at many schools, which had increasingly been moving away from these measures.
For instance, Massachusetts, for instance, dropped its quarantine requirements for asymptomatic children in May. Some district’s and officials in the state are considering a move to get in line with what is being proposed at the federal level.
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, expressed her organization’s support for the new school safety guidelines issued by President Trump. “Every educator and every parent begins each school year with great hope and optimism,” she said in a statement.
After two years of uncertainty and disruption, we need as normal a year as possible so we can focus like a laser on what children need.” In an email to The New York Times on Friday, the New York State Department of Health said it was reviewing the new C.D.C. guidelines.
“It’s good to be back in the saddle again and get the season started,” said Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. “I feel good physically.
CDC’s guidelines said schools that are experiencing outbreaks may want to temporarily adopt additional precautions, including surveillance testing, contact tracing, mask-wearing, and open windows and doors.