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Nowadays, it is much easier to contract the coronavirus because the highly contagious variant of Omicron is spreading all over the world. As people grapple with this current reality, it is important to note that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently changed their guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine. Many are wondering what to do if they or a family member ends up catching Covid-19.

CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, answers some key questions .

CNN: What if everyone in your family tested positive? Do they need to isolate themselves from each other?

Magnifying glass: If everyone has Covid-19, they don’t need to isolate themselves from each other. This is because they are very unlikely to have different strains of coronavirus; they probably all got the same strain from each other, and they’re not going to get re-infected that quickly. The whole family, of course, should isolate themselves from others.

CNN: How long should a person be isolated?

Magnifying glass: The new CDC guidelines essentially shorten the isolation period from 10 days to five days, with an additional five days wearing a mask. This means that you must remain completely isolated for the first five days. After that, you can go out – to work, to the grocery store, etc. – but you must wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when you go out in public. Do not go to places where you will be without a mask, such as restaurants.

With respect to people in the same family, this advice means that you really should not eat meals together or have other casual, mask-less encounters with uninfected family members during the 10-day period. . If the families are in two modules, the two must not mix for 10 days inside their house.

CNN: If someone had symptoms on Monday, was tested on Wednesday, and then got the results on Friday, when does the five-day clock start?

Magnifying glass: Monday. The five-day clock begins when a person begins to have symptoms. If someone is tested and is asymptomatic but the result is positive, the five-day period begins when they were first tested. If you’re not sure – for example, if you’re feeling a bit depressed on Sunday but don’t really have full symptoms until Tuesday – use the date you are sure of symptoms.

Remember that the count starts on day zero. The first day corresponds to the first full 24 hours after the onset of symptoms or after the positive test.

Read more answers to key questions here.

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