“Under new guidelines from the C.D.C., recovering coronavirus patients should be free to resume normal activity after 10 days, if they have no fever or other symptoms.
Continue full story of excerpts below at source >Covid-19 Patients No Longer Need Tests to End Isolation
“Most Americans recovering from Covid-19 can come out of isolation without further testing to show they no longer carry the coronavirus, federal health officials said on Wednesday. Instead, patients may be judged to have recovered if 10 days have passed since they first felt ill; they no longer have any symptoms, such as shortness of breath or diarrhea; and they have not had a fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.
The new recommendations are not rules but guidelines intended for patients, doctors and health policymakers. The revisions should help relieve the burden on the country’s testing system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
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“We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”
― The Light That Failed
Public health experts say tracing the close contacts of people infected with the coronavirus and getting them all into quarantine is crucial to stopping the pandemic. That’s easier said than done.
>Self-Quarantine? Isolation? Social Distancing? What They Mean And When To Do Them
Full story of excerpts below at Source: >After COVID-19 Contact Tracing Comes Quarantine. Here’s How That Works : Shots – Health News : NPR
“Contact tracing: What it looks like: Within 24 hours of a positive test, contact tracers reach out to a patient, then trace back two days before symptoms first appeared. They use calendars, social media — anything that can jog a memory. They gather phone numbers, email and physical addresses to track down contacts.
“All of that can take hours. Although each person identified typically has seven or eight contacts, they also can have as many as 100. Co-investigators then interview those contacts to see if they have symptoms and need to be tested.
“Tracers also tell each person contacted whether they need to go into isolation (when they have tested positive for the virus or they have COVID-19 symptoms) or quarantine (if they have merely had prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive).
“Investigators work to build trust and educate patients on why they need to cooperate. If that doesn’t work, contact tracers may try another approach to help a patient understand why their assistance is needed.
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(If we put on flat hats, can we go out then?)
11 Minute Podcast and full story at >Call For Public Health Investment
“NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Gottlieb, ex-head of the FDA, and Andy Slavitt, who led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, about the letter they wrote to Congress with a plan to reopen the U.S.
“What will it take for Americans to get back to work? Two veteran voices in American health care are offering answers…
“…we’re going to have to have an aggressive system in place to try to identify positive cases through testing. And when we do find people who are infected with coronavirus, we have to have a system in place to allow them to self-isolate so that they don’t continue to spread infection. That’s going to require us to hire many more public health workers to do the contact tracing, basically the blocking and tackling of public health work, where you identify people, and then you go out and talk to them and then interview people who may have been in contact with them and offer them testing.
“What we’re going to be doing as we enter into the fall, in particular, as coronavirus starts to collide with flu season and we face the risk of large outbreaks and maybe another epidemic heading into the winter, what we’re going to be trying to do is get ahead of this and put in place enough layers of protection that you mitigate spread. We’re never going to be able to reduce all spread…
“We’re at a point right now where we’re seeing cases across the country plateau, but we still have 30,000 cases a day that we’re recording. There’s many more that we’re not capturing. We’re still having 2,000 deaths a day. So we’ve plateaued, but we haven’t really seen the sustained declines that we think we need in order to really safely start to restart economic activity. In fact, really, when you look at it, only about five states have shown sustained reductions in new cases that meet the criteria set out by the administration in terms of when you would contemplate restarting activity. So the best thing we can do to get consumers back and get the economy vibrant again is give people confidence that we’ve controlled this epidemic, the virus isn’t circulating widely and people’s risk of contracting it if they go out is low again.”
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