Today’s Infectious Disease News (1/8/22)

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Infection Control Experts Outline Key Measures We Should Take to Control COVID-19

As the Omicron variant spreads, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) outlined crucial measures we should each take protect ourselves and others against COVID-19. Among the group’s recommendations are:

  1. Staying up to date with vaccinations is one of the most critical steps you can take to control COVID-19. People who have received booster vaccinations receive significantly better protection against hospitalization, severe illness and death due to the virus.
  2. Wearing while indoors is one of the most effective ways to control the the spread of COVID-19. Wearing high quality, well-fitting masks allows us to reduce the infectious respiratory particles we expelled when breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing. Masks are powerful tools to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 because people without symptoms can infect others.
  3. Current CDC guidelines allow people who tested positive to end isolation after 5 days, only if symptoms are improving and fever has resolved. If testing is not available, people in close contact with others infected with COVID-19 but have not tested positive or displayed symptoms themselves should assume they are infectious. The agency stresses that these individuals should also follow CDC isolation and quarantine guidance. When in doubt, people should err on the side of caution.

Full Story: IDSA