New year, new variant, new guidelines

What to do after getting exposed to COVID-19

Morgan Bridges, Correspondent

As Omicron cases steadily increase across the country, the CDC made updates to quarantine policies Sunday, adjusting isolation periods for those exposed.

New guidelines were presented January 9, hinting at shortened quarantine times and new recommendations for masks and isolation in case of COVID-19 exposure. 

Those unvaccinated and exposed are advised to stay home and quarantine for five full days. During this time, a mask should be worn around others in the home, and they should get tested at least five days after exposure. After quarantine, watch for symptoms and take precautions like masking and avoiding travel and high-risk people until 10 days after exposure. 

For those fully vaccinated and exposed, no quarantine is needed after exposure unless symptoms arise. If symptoms occur, take precautions until 10 days after exposure. 

In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, the CDC instructs individuals to stay home for at least five days to keep an eye on symptoms. If severe illness or continued symptoms ensue, the CDC advises those to take precautions until 10 days after exposure.
More information about the new COVID-19 guidelines can be found on the CDC website.