As the number of Americans exposed to COVID continues to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to reduce exposure to the virus in its own hospitals.
But the agency is also urging families to monitor their temperature.
“People are encouraged to stay home for at least two weeks, and if they do, stay indoors for at at least six weeks.
The cold will take its toll on the body,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbaum, a CDC public health epidemiologist.
The CDC’s recommendation: Stay indoors for three days a week.
If you have a cold and it gets worse, it can take three to five days for your body to heal.
“The longer it takes, the more severe the symptoms are,” said Rosenbaum.
“It could be the result of the virus being out in the air or in the blood or in your airways,” he said.
“I’m trying to make sure that people are alert to it, but I’m also trying to remind them that there’s nothing that can really take away from the feeling of comfort that you feel,” said Joanne Gail, a nurse practitioner at The Medical Center of Atlanta.
For some, the cold is a reminder that they have been exposed to the disease, even if it was long ago.
“That’s been a little bit of a big one,” said Gail.
“I think the cold helps remind people to take precautions.”
The CDC also recommends people take a cold medicine.
“A lot of times people take cold medications for things like headaches or neck pain, or cough,” said Marc Edwards, a spokesman for the CDC.
“For other conditions, like COVID, there’s no evidence to support that it’s good to take cold medicine.”
The cold can also help people stay healthy.
“If it’s a cold, it’s probably a good thing,” said Rebecca Olin, who lives in New Jersey.
“For people who are going to be getting more of a cold because of COVID in the hospital, the ability to feel better, and the feeling that you’re not a burden, that’s a good one,” she said.
Dr. Rosenbaum says if you have symptoms of a COVID infection, such as cough, runny nose, or runny eyes, it might not be a good idea to wear a mask.
“In a lot of cases, it could be more of an infection if you don’t have that reaction,” he explained.
“But it’s important to be cautious because you’re still getting colds from other people,” he added.
“Even if you’re protected, you’re going to have a lot more exposure to these infections.
So it’s definitely worth taking a cold medication.”
If you think you have been vaccinated, don’t miss out on your chance to save lives by getting tested.
The test you need is called a CoV-19 Clinical Evaluation and Prevention (CEP) test, which costs $80.
For the cost of the test, you can get your COVID test and the test kit.
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