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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

COVID-19 is ‘everywhere’ and tests are in short supply. If you have symptoms, assume you are positive and isolated, health officials say.

Girl’s test after getting COVID-19 symptoms on Jan 4Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images

  • Health officials have said that people with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 and isolate.

  • The CDC recommends people with symptoms stay home for at least five days.

  • Symptoms of Omicron include runny nose, cough, headache, fever and fatigue.

Americans with COVID-19 symptoms should be isolated – even if they haven’t taken a test – health officials have said, amid a lack of testing and spiraling omicron cases.

Joseph Kantor, Louisiana State Health Officer and Medical Director, discussed the issue at a briefing on Thursday.

He said: “When you’re in a boom like we are now and COVID-19 is everywhere – and it’s everywhere right now – if you have trouble getting tested, especially take-home tests, and your symptoms, it is wise to assume that you have COVID-19 and isolate from other people.”

“It’s the safest thing to do right now,” Cantor said.

Louisiana’s record-breaking daily COVID-19 case numbers reflect what is being seen nationally, Cantor said. Demand for tests exceeds supply, which makes it difficult to conduct rapid tests. Lab tests are more readily available, he said.

Michael Mina, a former associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told telehealth company eMed on Friday that “the important thing is, when you do feel symptoms, assume you’re positive at this point, Especially with Omicron. Prevalent,” according to CNN. Meena is also the Chief Scientific Officer of eMed.

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In guidance updated Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should isolate for at least five days from symptom onset, including those whose have not been tested or who are awaiting results.

Symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC, include:

The CDC said people who are isolated should stay in a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom, if available. If they need to be around others in the house, a well-fitted mask should be worn, it said.

The guidance also says people can end isolation after five full days if they have been fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication and if other symptoms have improved.

It added that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and should not delay the end of the separation.

The CDC said people can use the five-day rapid test if they have access to one and want to. If it is positive, they should isolate for another five days, it said.

At the end of the five-day isolation period, the CDC advises people to wear masks for an additional five days at home and in public. People who are at risk of severe COVID-19 should avoid it for at least 10 days.

It states that if people are unable to wear masks around others, they should be isolated for a full 10 days.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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