Chicago returns to “high” alert level, BA.5 subvariant – NBC Chicago

Several Chicago-area counties that had dropped from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest alert level in recent weeks returned to “high community level” last week, but what about the rest of Illinois?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

COVID vs cold symptoms: here’s how to spot the difference

If you’ve recently had a runny nose or a sore throat, you might be wondering if it’s a cold, allergies, or a COVID-19 infection.

Health officials say it can be difficult to tell what disease you have based on symptoms, but getting tested is one way to find out – including people who have been vaccinated, experts say.

Learn more here.

Chicago returns to ‘high’ COVID alert status as other areas see improvements

Three counties in the Chicago area as well as the City of Chicago moved to “high” community level status for COVID-19 in the past week. However, this is not the case statewide, as the COVID situation in Illinois has improved overall.

Suburban Cook, DuPage and Lake counties reported increases in metrics and, as a result, moved from “medium” to “high” community level status, according to Thursday’s county community level map update by CDC county.

Learn more here.

27,000 new cases, 82 deaths last week with 20 counties at high

Illinois health officials reported 27,094 new coronavirus cases over the past week, along with 82 additional deaths, marking a slight drop in cases from the previous seven days as 20 counties across the State remain at a “high” community level of COVID-19.

The previous week, the state reported 27,112 new cases, 68 deaths, and 25 counties at the “high” community level.

The previous week, the state reported 34,001 new cases and 73 deaths were reported.

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BA.5 Omicron subvariant is spreading rapidly and could become a dominant strain of COVID in the United States: CDC

According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an omicron subvariant that has been the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States for more than a month is beginning to wane, and another variant of ‘omicron is rapidly gaining momentum.

These estimates indicate that the omicron lineage BA.2.12.1 continues to be the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States and is responsible for approximately 56% of cases.

Learn more here.

How long are you protected from COVID after infection?

After being infected with COVID-19, how long are you protected by antibodies and when could you contract the virus again?

As omicron accounts for nearly all COVID cases in the United States, the question is how protecting one version of omicron will work against newer subvariants.

Learn more here.

Are COVID symptoms changing with new variants? Chicago’s top doctor explains

Are COVID symptoms changing with the new omicron subvariants now spreading in the United States?

According to Chicago’s top doctor, the answer remains unclear. Arwady noted that milder cases of the virus can make determining symptoms more difficult.

“We see a lot of COVIDs that are often quite mild,” she said, though she added that some early studies may show more intense disease, especially with the new BA.4 and BA subvariants. .5.

Learn more here.

Chicago’s COVID-19 community risk level is now medium. But as the use of at-home coronavirus testing becomes more widespread, questions about the accuracy of the city’s COVID measures are also growing.

More people tested negative for COVID before ultimately testing positive, according to Top Doc. here’s why

More people are receiving multiple negative COVID tests before eventually testing positive after exposure or symptoms with new circulating subvariants, Chicago’s top doctor said Thursday.

The reason for this change could be due to vaccinations.

“We think that’s partly because, especially if people are fully vaccinated and/or have had COVID before, they’re not always…they don’t get as sick,” said the Dr. says Allison Arwady. “They’re like not learning as much from an immune response and sometimes it can take a little longer for that test to come back positive. The good news is, usually…if the home test is negative, you’re not very likely to have enough virus to spread, to be contagious.”

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Can children under 5 get the COVID vaccine at Walgreens? Here’s what you need to know

Children ages six months to 5 years are finally eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, thanks to last week’s clearance from the Food and Drug Administration and recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And according to the Chicago Department of Public Health, hospitals, clinics and pediatricians’ offices across the city are opening appointments and placing orders for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be administered.

Local pharmacies and drugstores are too.

However, not all children are able to receive the long-awaited vaccine at all vaccination locations.

Here is a breakdown.

How long are you quarantining or isolating for COVID?

With summertime gatherings intensifying and extremely hot temperatures sending people indoors, many are wondering how long they should quarantine or self-isolate if they are exposed or test positive for COVID.

Here’s a rundown of the CDC’s updated guidelines, including when to quarantine or isolate and information about the incubation period.

COVID vaccines for children under 5: how soon can you make an appointment and where? What there is to know

Where can parents take their children to get their first dose of the COVID vaccine, how soon can you make an appointment, and what is the difference between the two vaccines?

As vendors wait for their shot shipments to arrive, here’s what to know.

Coronavirus FAQ: How long can COVID symptoms appear, what to do if you continue to test positive

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for more than two years, individuals may still have many questions if they end up testing positive for the virus.

When they test positive, patients may be curious about how long they will be contagious, how to self-isolate and for how long, and what to do if they continue to test positive for the virus even after their illnesses have disappeared. symptoms.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the virus.

How long are you contagious with COVID? Here’s what the CDC says

If you test positive for coronavirus, you may have several questions, including how long you’re contagious, how long should you quarantine and more.

With the increase in COVID cases in the Chicago area and parts of the United States, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

Here’s a rundown of the CDC’s updated guidelines, including when to quarantine or isolate and information about the incubation period.

How accurate are COVID home tests? Here’s what we know so far

With gatherings and summer events intensifying as temperatures warm, many people are testing themselves for COVID-19 to make sure they don’t spread the virus, but how accurate are the tests?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “positive self-test results are highly reliable.”

Negative results, however, may not rule out infection, especially in people with symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC says.

Details here.

If you’re still coughing after recovering from COVID-19, are you still contagious? How long should you quarantine yourself and when should you get tested? Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady explains what you need to know.

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