The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its 2022 COVID-19 guidelines and Patterson Legal Group wants to make sure that you’re armed with the latest information. While many of the COVID-19 safety tips we shared in 2020 still apply, the doctors and scientists at the CDC know much more about the latest coronavirus than they did two years ago. Additionally, newer variants such as delta and omicron have changed the way doctors approach COVID-19 safety.
Isolation and Quarantine 2022 COVID-19 Guidelines
The CDC has decreased its isolation and quarantine recommendation to 5 days, down from 10. The agency urges you to isolate yourself at home for five days if:
- You were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations
- You tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status
The CDC does not recommend isolation for people that were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with vaccinations or had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test). However, it does recommend that you get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If your test results come back positive, then isolation is recommended.
There are many ways to get testing for COVID-19, including at-home rapid testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. While rapid tests may be more easily accessible in your area, PCR tests are more accurate. Patterson Legal Group urges our clients and friends to stay up to date with their state’s latest testing information at:
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Testing Map
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services COVID-19 Testing
Additionally, the federal government has set up a website for free COVID-19 home tests. Every U.S. household can get four free tests starting Wednesday January 19, 2022.
COVID-19 Over-the-Counter Treatments
Dr. Sana Zuberi, a primary care physician with Henry Ford Health System, offers recommendations for treating COVID-19 symptoms. These remedies do not treat the infection itself, but can help ease the various ailments caused by COVID-19.
- Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Tylenol) for body aches and fever
- Antihistamines like Claritin or Allegra for nasal congestion
- Apple cider vinegar rinse for sore throat–mix half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of water and gargle three to four times a day
- Glutathione for general recovery–glutathione is an antioxidant that helps strengthen the immune system
Some Old Recommendations Still Apply
Although 2022 COVID-19 guidelines have evolved, some of the recommendations from 2020 ago still apply. They include:
- Wearing a mask while in public (N95 or KN95 masks are preferred over cloth masks)
- Washing your hands frequently or using hand sanitizer
- Maintaining a social distance of at least six feet
These safety measures are especially important in light of the omicron variant, which is considered to be potentially more infectious than the initial strains of COVID-19.
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The team at Patterson Legal Group hopes that you found our recap of 2022 COVID-19 guidelines useful. We also hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy throughout 2022. That said, we understand that bad things can happen no matter how safe you’re being. This is especially true when it comes to personal injuries. Should you or a loved one suffer an injury due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, please contact us for immediate assistance.
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