Omicron variant prompts updates to COVID-19 protocol

Photo and article by Andreas Petersen

As new strands of COVID-19 appear arounds the world, fear increases causing COVID protocols to change. From the first strand of COVID-19 to the multiple newstrands, here are the most recent protocols from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. 

With all the information the  CDC currently knows about COVID-19 and its variants, the CDC has shortened the recommended time for isolation for the public. In keeping with the CDC new protocols, people with COVID-19 should isolate for five days and if they’re asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for twenty-four hours), followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others to reduce the chance of infecting people they may encounter. This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the bulk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early within the course of illness, generally within 1-2 days before onset of symptoms. 

“These recommendations don’t supersede state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, nor do they apply to healthcare workers for whom CDC has updated guidance,” specified the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Furthermore, the CDC heavily recommends getting vaccinated, as data from Republic of South Africa and the UK demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for 2 doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35% . If you’re fully vaccinated and haven’t gotten a booster, the CDC recommends getting the booster shot because a COVID-19 vaccine restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%.

The COVID-19 vaccine also decreases the danger of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. As it has recently been allowed, the CDC now recommends if you’re 16 and older, get your booster and reduce your risk of getting COVID. Unfortunately, they haven’t greenlighted a booster that works for people 15 and under,

As times keep changing, and more and more is known about COVID do the best you can to protect yourself. Keep up with the CDC new COVID protocols as they are the leading  science disease control organization in the US .And don’t forget to wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance.

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