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What medications can you take for COVID and what are the side effects?

Health experts have broken down the latest developments amid several high-profile cases.

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COVID rebound FAQ: What we know about causes, how often it happens and more

After several high-profile cases of “COVID rebound” in recent weeks, many Americans are curious about how common the disease is in patients who test positive for the virus.

Although not common, a return of COVID symptoms after an initial improvement could occur in up to 30% of cases, and in some cases a positive test result can occur even after multiple negative tests, as was the case for President Joe Biden in recent weeks.

Here is what we know about the phenomenon.

When are you most contagious with COVID? Here is a timeline

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb and new subvariants emerge, some may wonder how long the virus can persist.

According to revised guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people who contract COVID-19 are advised to self-isolate for at least five days. Once isolation is complete, you will also be required to wear a mask until day 10, as per guidelines. When the isolation period is over, you should still avoid being around those most at risk until at least the 11th day.

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FDA authorizes emergency use of Novavax Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12 to 17

biotechnology company Novavax announced on Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine had been cleared for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration for adolescents aged 12 to 17.

In July, Novavax’s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine for adults 18 and older received emergency approval from the FDA.

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What medicine can you take for COVID? Paxlovid, Remdesivir and other treatment options

The majority of people who get COVID-19 do not need treatment and can usually fight the infection on their own. This is not always the case, however, especially for those who are high risk and have certain health conditions.

In an effort to prevent hospitalization and serious illness, several options are available, including antiviral pills and intravenous treatments. The criteria vary widely for each, and depending on your situation, one option may be recommended over another.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people seeking treatment to contact their healthcare provider, even if they have only minor symptoms.

As the BA.5 subvariant continues to circulate and more cases occur, here’s what to know about treatment options, including eligibility and possible side effects.

What is BA.4.6? Expert explains that new variant of COVID is now being tracked by the CDC

A new COVID variant is slowly beginning to grow in numbers in the United States and the Midwest, but how concerning is it and will it overtake the BA.5 variant currently dominating cases?

Much is still unclear about BA.4.6, a descendant of the BA.4 variant that first appeared in April and May, according to health experts. The new strain is now responsible for just over 5% of cases nationwide, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, marking a slight increase from numbers reported a week earlier.

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Current COVID Symptoms: Common Symptoms Now Compared to Early Pandemic Symptoms

As omicron subvariants continue to make up nearly all COVID cases in the United States, and new variants continue to emerge, are the symptoms changing?

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

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Do you still need to self-quarantine after exposure to COVID? Here’s what the new CDC guidelines say

Do you still need to self-quarantine if you have been exposed to COVID?

The guidelines have changed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC changed its recommendations last week, issuing new guidelines for those potentially exposed.

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Omicron-specific booster should be available in “a few” weeks, according to COVID Czar

White House COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Wednesday that the newly updated COVID-19 boosters will be available for teens and adults “within weeks.”

“I think it will be available and all Americans over the age of 12 will be eligible for it,” Jha told NBC News’ Lester Holt.

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CDC director Walensky to revamp agency after admitting COVID pandemic response has failed

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is reorganizing the agency, saying it hasn’t responded quickly enough during the Covid pandemic, according to an internal review of the agency’s operations released Wednesday.

Walensky outlined several organizational changes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make over the next few months to correct the missteps and failures that have occurred over the past 2.5 years of the pandemic, according to a fact sheet.

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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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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 have no 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, stating that quarantine is no longer recommended for people exposed to the virus who are not showing of symptoms.

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