CDC Says Quarantine For Five Days After Having COVID, But What If You Continue To Test Positive?

Two and a half years and counting. How long has this pandemic wreaked havoc on individuals, communities, health systems and every aspect of our society. With Lollapalooza here and the start of the next school year on the horizon, Dr. Emily Landon, chief health care epidemiologist at the University of Chicago, said isolation/quarantine has become important again B. A. 5 variants are the most prominent strain of COVID-19 in the countryAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s going to be a tough six weeks or so with BA. 5 and the ongoing spread,” she said. “We are seeing variants emerge faster and faster. And there’s no reason we should expect it to stop. I think we’re going to see more types, more disruption, and more difficulty with absenteeism.”

Let’s say, CDC Guidance Said to be in isolation for at least five days from the onset of symptoms. And if you’re feeling better on the sixth day, you can return to regular activities, but you should wear a mask 100% of the time when out of the house and around others. If you test positive on the sixth day, you must remain in isolation until day 10.

“I think we all understand that people aren’t wearing masks for six to 10 days, and that’s a problem,” Landon said. “If you’re unvaccinated, we really think you probably need 10 days — all the evidence suggests. We found that on days five and six, 80% of people were still positive. They did the rapid antigen test, Very good at the end of the illness and goes on with contagiousness. That’s what Dr. Fauci did. He didn’t return to work and out of his home until his rapid antigen test came back negative.

Landon recommends having rapid antigen tests to make sure they are ready for testing during a positive COVID test.

“Evidence shows that 80% of people are negative on the eighth day,” Landon said of recent research. “If you only have one antigen test on hand, save it for eight days and test again. I expect it to be negative. If not, your line should be either decreasing and less bright. And then you could feel very confident that tomorrow you will be better. If you really need to go back to work and you’ve only got one or two tests, wait until the eighth day to start testing.”

Landon says there are people who test positive weeks after diagnosis, but that positivity is usually visible with PCR tests. She said PCR tests are much more sensitive and can pick up small amounts of coronavirus, including virus debris in sputum. Landon said at the beginning of the disease, “The best way to tell if you have covid is to use a PCR test.” If you want to know when you are not contagious, the best thing to use is a rapid antigen test.

“After eight or nine days most people are no longer contagious, and most people are better and able to return to work. Historically, if you’re not immunized after Day 10, we’re not really seeing much spread from those individuals. We are seeing the spread from people who come back on the sixth day who are positive and who are not wearing masks.”

Landon says this moment is a real test for all people to prove that we can limit the spread by being careful without the mask mandate.

“If our workplaces want to be able to continue operating, the best way to do that is for people to wear masks indoors, and when they are in crowded events, even outside. are,” Landon said. “The option here is to either take some measures to live with this disease and allow everyone to continue with their lives basically as it was before or we can do a lot of absenteeism and businesses to keep their doors open and Keeping up with the needs of the employees. Considering the fact that people are going to be absent a lot now. ,

drockett@chicagotribune.com

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