As the BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants spread, will the CDC change quarantine guidelines? – NBC Chicago

Considered the most contagious COVID-19 subvariants to date, BA.4 and BA.5 have fueled increases in case counts across the country, including in the Midwest, where both have become predominant strains. .

According to Chicago’s top doctor, the Midwest leads the Northeast in recording both BA.4 and BA.5 cases, though a combination of the two has become the majority nationwide. The aforementioned subvariants accounted for about 52% of all new COVID cases in the United States for the week ending June 25, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ahead of fall and winter, when people typically spend more time indoors and the risk of transmission increases, health officials say a crucial vaccine-related step must be taken to ensure protection. .

The next round of COVID recalls should be modified to target both BA.4 and BA.5, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week.

Given that BA.4 and BA.5 are the most contagious to date, has the CDC changed quarantine guidelines to specifically address infections caused by the two subvariants? Also, should you take different action if you think you have contracted one of the later strains, versus a COVID infection caused by a different subvariant?

Here’s what you need to know:

The CDC generally does not update quarantine or isolation guidelines when a new COVID variant or subvariant surfaces and has not issued new quarantine recommendations for months, since March 30.

A major change took effect a few months earlier, when the CDC shortened the quarantine period for most people from 10 days to five days.

If you are vaccinated, the CDC does not recommend that you quarantine yourself unless symptoms appear. If you develop symptoms, it is recommended to get tested. Otherwise, the CDC does not explicitly recommend post-exposure testing for vaccinated patients.

Wearing a mask is recommended for 10 days after exposure, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Those who are unvaccinated or not up to date on COVID reminders should quarantine at home for at least five days. If you must be around other people in your household, you should wear a mask, according to the health agency.

Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested at least five days after coming into close contact with someone who has COVID. According to CDC guidelines, the day you are exposed to COVID is considered Day 0, and the first full day after that exposure is Day 1.

According to the CDC, you should get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact and make sure your result is negative and you remain symptom-free before traveling. If you do not get tested, delay your trip until 10 days after your last close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you must travel before the end of the 10 days, wear a properly fitted mask when around other people for the duration of the trip for the 10 days. If you cannot wear a mask, you should not travel for the 10 days.

Additionally, health officials suggest that if you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should avoid people with weakened immune systems or who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. 19, as well as nursing homes and other high-risk establishments. risk environments, until the end of at least 10 days.

If you have had a confirmed case of COVID in the past 90 days, no quarantine is recommended, regardless of variant or sub-variant. The CDC advises you to continue monitoring for symptoms for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, you should get tested and self-isolate until results come back.

NBC Chicago

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