COVID: How do I know if I should isolate myself when in contact with a positive person?

COVID-19 infections in recent days have exceeded 2,500 cases daily since last Thursday, January 13. According to the State Board of Health, the positivity rate of the virus before the arrival of Omicron is 34.3%, four times higher than that reported as of January 1, 2022.

Therefore, it is likely that in recent days people close to you have tested positive for COVID-19 after applying a virus detection test, but How do you know if you should isolate yourself or not after having had contact with someone confirmed as positive?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), quarantine is a strategy used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, because it keeps close contacts away from other people. with a positive for the virus.

As noted by the CDC, If a person is up to date on their complete vaccination schedule against the virus, or if they had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days, it is not necessary to quarantine immediately; however, you must take into account a series of recommendations to prevent contagion, especially before the arrival of omicron, a strain that is even more contagious than Delta.

Among the recommendations are wearing a well-fitting face mask, covering the nose and mouth, for at least 10 days after having been in contact with the person who tested positive for coronavirus, counting as day 0 the last time you were with them. her.

If the person begins to present symptoms after having been in contact with the confirmed positive person, it is recommended Get tested for the virus on the fifth day of contact with the person, or four days after symptoms started.

If you test positive or continue to have symptoms of COVID-19, then isolate yourself for at least 10 days, until you retest negative for the virus.

Who should quarantine?

As recommended by the CDC, Anyone who does not have their complete vaccination schedule, or who has not received any dose against the virus, should quarantine for at least five days after having had the last contact with a COVID-19 positive person, taking as day 0 the last time they were in contact with them.

For 10 days after the last close contact with someone with COVID-19, the person You should be alert for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

“If you have symptoms, get tested right away and self-isolate until you get your test results. If the result is positive, follow the corresponding isolation recommendations. If you don’t have symptoms, get tested at least five days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19,” the CDC explains.

If the result is negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask for at least 10 more days. If you test positive, you must isolate for at least five days from the date of the positive result (if you do not have symptoms). If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself for at least five days from the date of symptom onset (date of symptom onset is day 0).

In any case, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have had contact with someone who is positive, stay away from the people you live with, especially those who are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, as well as who are not members of your household, for a total of 10 days after the last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Also, do not travel during the recommended five days or go to places where a mask is not used, such as restaurants, bars, cafes or gyms.



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