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CDC New Guidelines for Covid-19

As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to circulate globally, use of vaccine- and infection induced immunity [having a positive COVID test/infection] and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools have substantially reduced the risk for severe acute illness and post–COVID-19 conditions that requires hospitalization or dying.

The CDC is now focusing on long term measures to further reduce the medical impact of COVID-19 on your health, the strain on the health care system, while reducing barriers to social [people getting together], educational [attending schools, colleges], and economic activity [getting back into the workplace].

Individual risk for medically significant COVID-19 [getting very sick with COVID-19] depends on a person’s risk for exposure [ i.e., where you go and with whom you are in close contact with] to COVID-19. The risk for developing severe illness if infected will depend much on your immunity status, age, disability status, and underlying medical conditions [i.e., diabetes, cancers, HIV, obesity, hypertension].

But these risks are considerably reduced by immunity derived from vaccination, previous infection, or both. Exposure risk can be mitigated [make less severe] through nonpharmaceutical interventions such as:

· Staying 6 feet apart, wearing a mask especially in crowded/or and indoor places, and when you cannot distance yourself or using respirators indoors

· Washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice)

· Improving ventilation by opening windows or door or using extractor fans

· Testing - if you begin to experience symptoms of COVID such as:

o Headache, cough, congestion or runny nose, sore throat

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o fever, chills, body aches, fatigue

o new loss of taste or smell

o nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea with more than 4 or 5 runny stools in a day

· Timely access to effective biomedical prevention measures and treatments includes calling your health care provider [doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant] and reporting your symptoms. Many will offer you an online office visit, arrange further testing if needed and provide medication and/or referral to a hospital.

As individuals, you are now responsible for the assessing your COVID health status and followings up on any symptoms, and for making COVID-19 less of a threat to self and community.

The government has removed the test to stage [testing to find out if you are positive/negative and to determine when to return to work/school]. Instead, we are advised to wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and test on or after day #5.

This Synopsis is taken from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), August,11, 2022. Written for increased understanding by Dr. Colleen Kilgore

Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022 (

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