These are the things to know if you got caught up in Covid-19 over the holidays

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With the highly transmissible Covid-19 variant, Omicron, along with the new mutation, Flurona, a large sum of people is getting the coronavirus. One of the reasons is the holiday gathering.

The Omicron variant is too new for experts to know anything about its long-term effects.

“We don’t know yet,” Snyder said. “It’s too soon to know.”

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Research has found that vaccination cuts your risk down of long-term Covid symptoms. And other studies say the most severe effects of a Covid complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) resolve within six months.

If you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for Coivd-19, You isolate yourself from others if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or if you’re experiencing symptoms.

If you have not tested for positive then you quarantine yourself from others if you’ve been exposed to the virus.

However, not everyone who has had close contact with a COVID-positive person needs to quarantine, according to the CDC.

You don’t need to quarantine if you are:

  1. An adult (18 or older) and got all vaccines you’re eligible for, including a booster shot if it’s time
  2.  5-17 years old and have gotten two Pfizer shots

Everyone else should self-quarantine if they’ve had close contact with a COVID case. It is also very important to wear a mask.

CDC guidelines state that you should quarantine away from others for five full days after your exposure. For another five days after that, you should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, then keep wearing a mask for another five days. For a total of 15 days quarantine and monitoring.

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If you still aren’t feeling any symptoms after five full days, the CDC says you should get tested for the virus. If you test negative, you can reenter the world. Just continue to wear a mask anytime you’re around other people and monitor yourself for fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms until it has been 10 days since your exposure.

But, because COVID-19 tests are hard to come by right now, people in quarantine are suggested to exit quarantine at their own choice.

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