Revised CDC Guidance for Isolation With Respiratory Illness

The update below is from MVUC member Dan Cohen and the Board Executive Team.

Revised Guidance for Isolation when you have a Respiratory Infection (RSV, Influenza, COVID or others)‎ (https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/prevention/precautions-when-sick.html)

Synopsis:  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now advises that you stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick) if you have respiratory virus symptoms that aren’t better explained by another cause (such as allergies). These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chest discomfort, sneezing, wheezing, sore throat, decrease in appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, muscle/body aches, or loss of taste/smell.

When to end isolation:

  • You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true:
    • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).                                   
  • When you go back to your normal activities, take added precaution over the next 5 days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner airhygiene, masksphysical distancing, and/or testing when you when you will be around other people indoors.
    • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were.                          
    • If you develop a fever, or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next 5 days.                                                                                                                      

This guidance is especially important for individuals attending services or other activities at MVUC, as many parishioners and friends are at increased risk of serious respiratory illnesses due to age and other compromising medical conditions.  We all have an obligation to protect each other. 

Finally, the CDC now recommends that individuals 65 years of age and older, or those with underlying chronic illnesses associated with increased risk of infection, receive a COVID booster dose of the same vaccine released last autumn (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2024/s-0228-covid.html). Local pharmacies are now dispensing this additional booster dose on request (walk in and/or by appointment).