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What to do if you test positive for coronavirus?

The answers changed when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines last week, just as many prepare to return to school.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

The CDC’s latest COVID guidelines: Here are the steps to take if you test positive

New guidelines for COVID protocols have been put in place, with the changes prompted by the recognition that about 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, according to federal health officials.

The revised recommendations, announced Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relax social distancing requirements and no longer encourage Americans to self-quarantine if they come into close contact with an infected person.

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Is nausea a sign of COVID-19? What to know about digestive symptoms and the virus

People with COVID-19 can experience a wide range of symptoms, with fever, fatigue and cough being among the most common. However, digestive symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with others, are reported less frequently, according to the Mayo Clinic.

A study titled “Roles of Nausea and Vomiting in COVID-19”, published in 2021, found that nausea and vomiting are not uncommon symptoms in children and adults with COVID. Often they can appear before other types of symptoms.

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Novavax COVID Vaccine: the company submits a recall authorization request to the FDA

Weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Novavax’s two-dose COVID vaccine, the biotech company is seeking approval to distribute boosters.

Novavax announced on Monday that it has submitted a request to the United States Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for booster shots of its protein-based vaccine in adults 18 years of age and older, according to a Press release.

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Early symptoms of COVID: early signs of an infection to watch out for

Multiple subvariants of the omicron strain continue to circulate across the country, with some studies indicating they could potentially better evade existing vaccines and immunity.

According to the latest update from the CDC, the BA.5 lineage of the omicron variant is now the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States, accounting for more than 88% of recent cases.

BA.4, another subvariant of omicron, causes 5% of infections.

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As Illinois returns to school, CDC has new COVID guidelines for isolation and exposure

While some Illinois students and teachers are still waiting until the end of the month to get to class, others have already started returning to school, including those in district U-46, the second most large school district in the state.

But as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to roll out its new, more flexible COVID guidelines and protocols, this school year is shaping up to be a little different from the past two.

Learn more here.

How many days are you contagious with COVID? Here’s what the CDC and doctors say

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 is advised to self-isolate for at least five days, but could you be contagious even after that?

It’s a possibility, according to Chicago’s top doctor.

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Should you test before leaving COVID isolation? Here’s What the CDC Says, Chicago’s Top Doctor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of COVID guidelines on Thursday, clarifying whether recovering people should test outside of isolation.

In its updated guidelines, the CDC has recommended different approaches for patients based on their symptoms.

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Exposed to COVID? FDA recommends doing up to 3 rapid home tests, even if you don’t have symptoms

According to revised Food and Drug Administration guidelines, people who have been exposed to COVID-19 may need to take up to three home tests to make sure they don’t experience asymptomatic infections.

The new guidelines were released last week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its own recommendations for people exposed to COVID, saying quarantine is no longer recommended for people exposed to the virus who are not showing of symptoms.

Learn more here.

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