The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just lately changed its guidelines round isolation and quarantine.
NCS Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who’s an emergency doctor and professor of well being coverage and administration, presents a couple of pointers when you or somebody in your loved ones contracts Covid-19.
If one member of the household will get recognized with Covid-19, what ought to they do subsequent?
The one that was simply recognized with Covid-19 ought to be presumed to be probably infectious. Everybody else within the household must also get examined instantly. It’s doable that the one that examined constructive was not the primary particular person to contract Covid-19, and different members may take a look at constructive.
What if all people tests constructive? Do they want to isolate from each other?
If everybody in your household has Covid-19, they don’t want to isolate from one another. That’s as a result of it is extremely unlikely that they’ve totally different strains of coronavirus; they in all probability all acquired the identical pressure from each other, they usually aren’t going to reinfect one another so rapidly. The complete household, after all, ought to be isolating from different individuals.
What if it is a youngster who tests constructive, and all people else is testing destructive? Who’s going to look after the kid?
If a younger youngster tests constructive for Covid-19 and different members of the family are at excessive threat, having the kid type a pod with one guardian is an possibility.
The two totally different “pods” mustn’t work together with each other through the isolation interval and the guardian caring for the kid with Covid-19 ought to put on a masks when with the kid to attempt to scale back the chance of getting contaminated themselves.
How lengthy ought to somebody be in isolation?
The CDC’s new pointers basically shorten the isolation interval from 10 days to 5 days, with a further 5 days carrying a masks. This signifies that it is best to keep absolutely remoted for the primary 5 days. After that, you possibly can exit — to work, to the grocery and so forth — however it is best to put on a high-quality, well-fitting masks when out in public. Don’t go to settings the place you will be maskless, reminiscent of eating places.
When it comes to individuals in the identical household, this steerage means you actually should not have meals collectively or produce other informal, maskless encounters with uninfected members of your loved ones within the 10-day interval. If households are in two pods, the 2 should not combine for 10 days inside their home.
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