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CDC Respiratory Guideline Update - March 2024

The isolation period of five days after testing positive for COVID is no longer required. The CDC has issued new guidelines to help limit the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza, COVID, and respiratory syncytial virus. 

When you have a respiratory virus:

Stay home and away from others if you have respiratory virus symptoms that are not explained by another cause. These symptoms may include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, congestion, and headache. 

  • You may return to your normal activities when both are true for at least 24 hours:
    • Your symptoms are improving overall AND
    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen)
  • Once you return to your normal activities, you should consider taking added precautions for the next 5 days. Such precautions can include but are not limited to physical distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene.
    • Keep in mind that you are still able to spread that virus that made you sick, though you may be less contagious.
    • If you develop a fever or start to feel worse after returning to normal activities, stay at home away from others until both of the previously mentioned criteria are true. 

In general, infectious droplets and particles accumulate near the infected person. As a result, the closer you are to someone who is ill, the greater your chances of becoming infected. 

Take precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. 

  • Be diligent about your hygiene. This includes frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid crowded areas where you may come in contact with many people who are sick.
  • Avoid being around people who have symptoms
  • Stay up to date on your vaccines such as COVID and influenza per your primary care providers guidance. 
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your elbow.
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks. 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, desks, and doorknobs.
  • Wash towels and sheets weekly.

A respiratory viral illness can cause symptoms for at least 7 days. Some symptoms can continue for as long as 14 days. In general, if you have symptoms that are not resolving or have resolved but then worsened, you should seek treatment from a healthcare provider.  

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