New reminder schedule, COVID hair loss and more – NBC Chicago

How many tests do you have to take before you know what you have is not COVID?

Chicago’s top doctor addressed this issue on Tuesday.

Additionally, new COVID variants continue to grow in number as the dominance of the BA.5 variant continues to decline.

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

How many COVID tests should you take? Experts say 1 negative may not be enough

If you take a COVID test and it comes back negative, it may not mean you’re in the clear just yet.

For those feeling sick, especially those who have been exposed to COVID, experts warn that a negative test may not be enough to determine that you do not have the virus.

But how many tests are enough?

Learn more here.

BA.5 cases continue to decline as other Omicron subvariants rise in the US

The BA.5 omicron subvariant, which has been the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States for more than three months, is still responsible for 4 out of 5 cases of the virus, but its grip is starting to loosen as two other variants are gaining ground.

According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BA.5 is responsible for about 81.3% of COVID cases in the United States, up from 83.2% a week ago.

Learn more here.

So you have COVID. Now what? Here’s what to do if you test positive

For those contracting COVID for the first time, or testing positive following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer, what is the protocol?

If you have had COVID in the past and have followed the appropriate instructions, you will need to take note of this as the current recommendations are not the same as before. The CDC changed its quarantine and isolation guidelines in August.

Learn more here.

Get your Omicron booster on this date, says White House doctor – and it’s coming

Millions of Americans have already received Omicron’s new targeted bivalent COVID booster, officials say. But many more have yet to receive the final photo – and a key date is approaching.

The booster, cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control in early September, is designed to combat both the omicron variant and the original strains of COVID. Unlike previous booster shots, anyone over the age of 12 who has received a series of primary vaccines is eligible for the new shot.

Learn more here.

COVID incubation period: how long you’re contagious, isolation tips and more

Due to the more contagious BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, the incubation period for COVID-19 has changed in recent months, Chicago’s top doctor previously revealed.

During a Facebook Live in August, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reported that studies have shown the incubation period for COVID has dropped to three days with recent variants.

Learn more here.

Can COVID cause hair loss? Why Some Experience This And Other Prolonged Symptoms

If you’ve noticed hair loss following a COVID infection, you’re probably not alone, and experts say there could be a reason for it.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, “many people find that their hair falls out in large clumps” months after recovering from the disease.

And the symptom is not exactly new.

Learn more here.

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