Chicago-area counties at ‘high’ level, Memorial Day plans – NBC Chicago

To mark the start of Memorial Day weekend, several Chicago-area counties reached “high community level” for COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So what does this mean for your holiday weekend plans?

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

As cases rise, don’t try to get COVID to end the problem, says Chicago’s top doctor

With cases on the rise and 15 Illinois counties, including Cook County, at “high community level” for the COVID virus, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady urged people Thursday to wear masks again in crowded indoor settings, move Memorial Day weekend gatherings outdoors — and warned against trying to “make COVID get over it.”

“Please don’t try to ‘get COVID over with,'” Arwaday said.

“We hear people trying to do this. It’s not helping us get through COVID as a city,” she continued. “It’s also potentially dangerous given that we don’t always know who is likely to have more severe outcomes, and there are people who have long COVID. Don’t think having COVID means you don’t “Never have COVID again. We’re seeing a lot of people getting re-infected with COVID. The vaccine is the most important thing for protection.

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Several Chicago-area counties are now at COVID ‘high community level’, CDC says

As COVID cases continue to climb in the United States, more counties in Illinois are currently at “high community level” of the virus, including several in the Chicago area.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six Illinois counties in NBC viewing area 5 are now at this “high community level” due to rising case counts and hospitalizations.

Full list of counties here.

If you think it’s allergies, it’s probably COVID, says Top Doc

As high levels of mold and a rise in COVID-19 cases hit the Chicago area, the city’s top doctor says he suspects the symptoms are a sign of the contagious virus.

“If you think you have a cold, if you think you have allergies, there’s a good chance right now with the amount of COVID around that it’s COVID,” said Dr Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “No shame in being diagnosed with COVID, especially if you’ve done everything — you’re up to date with your vaccines.”

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How accurate are COVID home tests? Here’s what you need to know

If you think you have been exposed to COVID or might have it, how accurate are the results of a home test?

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention“Positive self-test results are very reliable.”

Negative results, however, may not rule out infection, especially in people with symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC says.

“If it’s positive, it’s positive, like we don’t care about false positives,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday.

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What officials recommend this Memorial Day weekend as the city is ready for a ‘high’ COVID alert

Chicago health officials said no warrants are expected until Memorial Day weekend, despite the region’s likely transition to a “high” community alert level, but residents should take certain precautions.

On Friday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady urged people who plan to gather for the holiday weekend to do so outside or wear masks if they find themselves in indoor public spaces.

“One of the simplest things we can do to mitigate the risk of COVID is most things outdoors or having a party outdoors,” she said. “For me, that eases my worry and I know people are coming together for Memorial Day, if you can do it, especially for someone who is at higher risk, I highly recommend it.”

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Paxlovid: What are the side effects of Pfizer’s COVID antiviral pill?

More and more people across Illinois are testing positive for COVID-19, and Chicago is expected to enter a “high” alert level soon under guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, according to the CDC, the new omicron subvariant is now the dominant strain of COVID in the United States, with BA.2.12.1 responsible for nearly 58% of new cases over the past week.

As more cases are reported and the disease continues to spread, many have questions about treating the virus with Pfizer’s new Paxlovid COVID-19 antiviral pill.

Learn more here.

COVID incubation period: how long should you quarantine with an infection?

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread in Chicago ahead of Memorial Day weekend, there may be lingering questions about the quarantine period and how long patients will be infectious.

On Tuesday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city could reach a “high” alert level by the end of the week.

Here is the latest information from the CDC.

Here’s what to do if you test positive for COVID as cases climb

As cases rise and several counties in the Chicago area approach a high alert level from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what should you do if you test positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to someone? one who has it?

“I assume many of you know someone who has had COVID recently,” Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a Facebook Live on Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you test positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

What happens once a county reaches the “high” COVID alert level?

As more Illinois counties reach heightened community levels of COVID-19, what might happen once an area is put on “high” alert?

In the event a county reaches a “high community level” of COVID, residents are advised to wear masks indoors regardless of coronavirus vaccination status, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more here.

New Omicron subvariant is now a dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States: CDC estimates

A new omicron subvariant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to this data, the BA.2.12.1 subvariant, one of several omicron variants driving an increase in COVID infections in the United States in recent weeks, is now responsible for nearly 58% of new cases. over the past week.

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Most COVID long-haulers experience neurological symptoms and compromised quality of life long after infection, new study finds

A new study from Northwestern Medicine shows that many so-called COVID “long haulers” continue to experience symptoms, including brain fog, tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and fatigue on average 15 months after the virus appeared, a press release said on Tuesday.

“Long haulers” are defined as people who have had symptoms of COVID for six weeks or more, the hospital system said.

According to Igor Koralnik, MD, chief of neuroinfectious diseases and global neurology at Northwestern Medicine, “the study reports the longest follow-up period of neurological symptoms affecting non-hospitalized patients with long COVID anywhere in the world.”

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New Omicron sub-variant: Symptoms, spread rate, etc.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates its estimates of the subvariants that cause coronavirus cases in the United States every week, and a new version of omicron could top that list this week.

According to data from last week, the BA.2.12.1 subvariant of omicron accounted for approximately 47.5% of COVID cases in the United States.

So what exactly is this new subvariant? Is it spreading faster than previous iterations of the virus? And does it cause more serious disease? Here’s what we know so far.

Illinois to end contact tracing calls for COVID patients and text instead

The Illinois Department of Public Health has said it will no longer conduct contact tracing over the phone for people who test positive for COVID-19 and will use case notifications instead. automated by SMS from next month.

Starting June 1, IDPH officials say they will no longer make case investigation phone calls to people who test positive for COVID-19, and that the contact tracing call center that had been established during the pandemic will cease operations.

Learn more here.

How soon can you test positive for COVID after an infection?

If your COVID test is positive, how long could it last?

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionsome people who get COVID-19 may have detectable virus for up to three months, but that doesn’t mean they’re contagious.

When it comes to testing, however, PCR tests are more likely to continue to detect virus after infection.

Learn more here.

When are you contagious with COVID and how long should you quarantine?

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Chicago and the city’s top doctor said the trend is likely to continue in the coming weeks, prompting questions from concerned residents.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s positivity rate has climbed to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the measures to continue. increase in the next few days.

Learn more here.

Low, Medium, High: What the CDC’s Community Levels Mean and What’s Required in Each

With nearly every county in the Chicago area having reached “average community level” for COVID-19 and a suburb of Chicago reaching “high” levels of transmission, according to guidelines set by the US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWhat does this mean to you?

So what does this mean and what does it take to reach each level?

Here is an overview of the guidelines.

CDC COVID 2022 guidelines: Symptoms to watch out for, duration of quarantine and more

With new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 spreading across the United States and nearly all of the Chicago area reaching a higher alert level, many are wondering what to do if they show symptoms or test positive for the virus.

If you were exposed, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine yourself, and what is the best time test?

Learn more here.

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