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COVID-19 security measures are fluctuating and can be confusing. This is what the CDC recommends you do if you are vaccinated and exposed to the virus.
While the slow rise in COVID-19 cases may make us feel like we are going back in time, there is a big difference. Vaccines are available for any adult who wants to shoot them. However, receiving the call or message that has exposed you to COVID-19 is terrifying, regardless of your vaccination status.
What should you do if you are vaccinated and have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus? Vaccinated people are very unlikely to spread the virus or be able to spread the disease symptomatically. However, there is a margin of error and the COVID-19 advance is a possibility.
Here are some steps you can take to calm down:
Monitor for symptoms
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should be monitored for symptoms for 14 days. These include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of smell and taste, and fatigue. These symptoms are often confused with those of a common cold and it is important to be careful.
Take a COVID-19 test
If they experience these symptoms, people should remain isolated and get tested for the virus. An immediate test and another 5 days later should be administered to make sure the results were correct. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should remain isolated for at least 10 days from your last COVID-19 test.
Mask when necessary
Finally, mask mandates fluctuate now that COVID-19 cases are on the rise. It is always best to make a mistake with caution, even if vaccinated, masking yourself when you are in indoor and crowded spaces. Even if the vaccine is highly effective against the virus, it is still not an infallible solution. If you wear a mask, you will protect yourself and the rest of the people in your community by slowing the spread of the virus from person to person.
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