THURSDAY July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News)
People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be tested for the virus if they come in contact with infected people, whether or not they have symptoms, according to updated testing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Canada. United States.
The agency has previously said people who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested after exposure to the virus unless they show symptoms, The New York Times reported.
Fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in indoor public spaces after the exposure, the agency said. Three to five days later, they should be tested. If the results are negative, they can stop wearing masks indoors. If the results are positive, they should self-isolate at home for 10 days, the guide says.
The new test notice was released on Tuesday, the same day the CDC released new mask guidelines who recommend that fully vaccinated people wear a mask indoors if they live in a high transmission area.
The agency also recommended that vaccinated people in close contact with unvaccinated people, including children under 12, consider wearing masks in indoor public spaces regardless of transmission rates in the community. local. In a turn, the agency also recommended universal masking in schools.
“Our updated guidelines recommend that vaccinated people get tested during exposure, regardless of symptoms,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. Times. “The tests are widely available.”
Even though people who are fully vaccinated can still be infected, people with these “breakthrough” infections tend to have mild or no symptoms because the vaccines offer strong protection, according to the report. Times.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about COVID test.
THE SOURCE: The New York Times
Robin Foster and Robert Preidt
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