While the United States saw an increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant earlier this year, cases are slowly rising again, largely due to the highly transmissible BA.2 subvariant. , triggering warnings from health officials.
The Illinois Department of Health said residents “should pay close attention to conditions in their local communities” and urged vaccinations and boosters for eligible populations.
“While COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths remain stable at this time, we are seeing a slow increase in cases in many parts of the state,” said IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars, in a press release. “This reminds us that we all need to remain vigilant and stay up to date on our vaccination status. This is especially important for those who are at higher risk for serious outcomes.
For those who contract COVID, there may be lingering questions.
If you are infected, how long are you contagious? Also, what is the incubation period of omicron?
Here is the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The CDC late last year shifted the timing of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation to reflect growing evidence that suggests transmission, particularly from the omicron variant, often occurs un two days before the onset of symptoms and for two to three days afterward.
For those with no symptoms, CDC guidelines say they are considered contagious at least two days before a positive test. The CDC says anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID should be tested five days after exposure or as soon as symptoms appear.
According to previous indications, symptoms of COVID can appear two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus.
For most patients, symptoms appear to last three to five days, said Dr. Rahul Sharma, chief emergency physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
“A lot of these patients don’t show symptoms for the 10 to 12 days that I saw when there was no vaccination,” he previously told NBC News. The doctor noted that in general, the symptoms seem to be shorter and milder in the vaccinated than in the unvaccinated.
According to CDC recommendations, those who have been within six feet of someone with COVID for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period should quarantine for five days if they are unvaccinated, or are more than six months away from their second dose of vaccine.
Once this period is over, they must participate in strict mask use for another five days.
People who are both fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to quarantine if they are in close contact with someone with COVID, but should wear a mask for at least 10 days after exposure. The same goes for those who are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for their booster.
COVID-positive people must stay home for five days, according to the guidelines.
At the end of the period, if you have no symptoms, you can resume your normal activities but you must wear a mask everywhere – even at home with others – for at least five more days.
If you still have symptoms after being isolated for five days, stay home until you feel better, then start your five days of mask-wearing at any time.