A few days ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC, for its acronym in English) decided to modify some questions regarding the quarantine that people sick with Covid-19 should do, causing controversy the issue of reducing the times of staying in case, as well as some suggestions on the use of masks.
These modifications generated certain criticism but also confusion among the population as some do not now know how they should proceed in case of testing positive for Covid. That is why this Tuesday, the CDC provided an explanation as well as a scientific justification for why they decided to make these changes.
Here we leave you an explained guide of how you should run the CDC protocol if you test positive for coronavirus.
Explanation of the isolation recommendations for Covid given by the CDC
The CDC indicated that after reviewing more than 100 studies conducted in 17 countries when the Delta variant was at its peak along with other minor ones, most conclude that most transmission occurs early in the Covid-19 infection. To this should be added that other analyzes carried out in the United States and South Korea have found that time of exposure and onset of symptoms may be shorter for Omicron than for previous variants.
With these data, last week, CDC decided to cut isolation times in half for patients who are asymptomatic or they suffer from the disease in a short period of time. People will be able to leave their home when at least 24 hours have passed without fever and without the use of medications to reduce temperature, as well as other symptoms.
Similarly, people who had contact with a positive case no longer need to spend 10 days at home but only 5 days. This decision was made based on the evidence that people with coronavirus are more infectious 2 days before and 3 days after they started with symptoms.
Another of the things that surprised was the change of the CDC that now allows people to get out of quarantine without having to be tested to see if they are already free of the virus. Regarding this, the organism remains firm in that a sick person can leave home after 5 days in isolation, thinking that the dominant variant is Ómicron, which generates less serious and lasting infections.
They also suggested that people exposed to the virus be quarantined for 5 days, unless they received booster shots or recently received their initial doses of vaccine. The agency said anyone exposed, regardless of vaccination status, should be tested 5 days later, if possible.
The agency said laboratory tests can show positive results long after someone is no longer contagious, and that a negative home test does not necessarily indicate that there is no threat.
Use of mask
In this area, it is recommended that the population that is infected use the mask for 5 days in any place and at all times after having concluded its isolation.
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