COVID-19 vaccinations for US infants, toddlers and preschoolers are due to begin this week, but what should parents know as the country prepares for another vaccine rollout?
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for more than two years, there are still many questions individuals might have if they end up testing positive for the virus.
After this positive test, patients may be curious about how long they will be contagious, how to isolate and how long and what to do if they continue to test positive for the virus even after their symptoms have subsided.
US opens COVID vaccine to young children, intakes begin this week
The US opened up COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Saturday.
The vaccines will be available this week, expanding the nationwide immunization campaign to children 6 months and older.
Advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccines for the youngest children, and final approval came hours later from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director.
The government has already prepared for the vaccine’s roll-out, ordering millions of doses for distribution to doctors, hospitals and community health clinics across the country.
Read more here.
Here’s who is eligible under the latest CDC recommendations for COVID vaccines
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 6 months to 5 years are newly eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.
The CDC decided that Coronavirus vaccines should be opened to almost all children, with CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave the final deregistration on Saturday afternoon.
As new groups become candidates for COVID vaccines, some people are asking about the CDC’s latest vaccination recommendations for all Americans.
Here is guidance from the federal health authorities.
What Are COVID Vaccine Side Effects For Children Under 5?
With coronavirus vaccines now available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, some are wondering what side effects might accompany vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ruled that coronavirus vaccines should be opened up to children as young as 6 months, with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave the final deregistration on Saturday afternoon.
Read more here.
Illinois health officials reported 27,112 new coronavirus cases last week, along with 68 additional deaths, a slight decrease in cases from seven days earlier, as 25 counties across the state remain at “high” community levels of COVID-19.
In the previous week, the state reported 34,001 new cases and 73 deaths. The week before that, the state reported 32,605 new cases and 47 deaths were reported.
Check out the latest metrics here.
Since the number of coronavirus cases and hospital stays decreases throughout the region, Chicago has moved from a high level of municipal level, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Covid.
As of Thursday, Cook County recorded 221 new COVID cases, about 10 hospital admissions and 3.5% of hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients.
Despite the drop in readings, health officials continue to recommend masks indoors and “medically vulnerable” people to take extra precautions to protect themselves from infection.
Read more here.
How long have you been contagious with COVID? Here’s what the CDC says
If you test positive for the coronavirus, you may have several questions, including how long you’re contagious, how long you should quarantine, and more.
In view of the increase in Covid cases in the Chicago and parts of the United States, local health authorities have published warnings of taking precautions, especially in areas in which the transfer of transmission increases.
Here’s a look at the CDC’s updated guidance, including when to quarantine or isolate, and information on the incubation period.
How accurate are at-home COVID tests? Here’s what we know so far
With summer gatherings and events increasing in warm temperatures, many people are testing for COVID-19 to make sure they don’t spread the virus, but how accurate are the tests?
According to the centers for the control and prevention of diseases, “positive results of self -tests are very reliable”.
Tested negative for COVID but symptoms? Here’s what you should know
If you have covid symptoms and were exposed, but continue to be tested negatively for the virus, what does that mean?
There have been some anecdotal reports of people contracting the virus but not testing positive for several days, even when symptomatic. Others do not test positive at all. So how can you tell?
Read more here.
If you’re still coughing after recovering from COVID-19, are you still contagious? How long should you quarantine and when should you get tested? Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady explains what you should know.
How soon after the initial infection could you get COVID again?
How long have you been protected with antibodies after an infection with Covid-19 and when could you get the virus again?
Although questions have been asked in the past two years, the answers have changed when new variants have been discovered.
The Omicron variant, for example, led to a great shift in “natural immunity”, since many who were previously infected were susceptible to re-infection with the new version of the virus.
Timeline of COVID symptoms: What to expect with the virus and when
For those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, what signs should you look out for and how long might they last?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Covid symptoms can occur two to 14 days after contact with the virus. You can end isolation after five full days if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without antipyretic medication and your other symptoms have improved.
Read more here.
New Omicron subvariants: What we know about BA.4 and BA.5
Two new Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 are gaining traction in the US, but how transmissible are they and what do we know about them?
How to calculate your COVID isolation or quarantine time, according to the CDC
With several Chicago-area counties under a “high” community level for COVID, and more residents testing positive for the virus or being exposed to someone who has it, many are wondering how long they should quarantine or isolate.
However, for those who are vaccinated, the guidelines are slightly different.
Read more here and check out the calculator tool.
COVID Booster Shot Eligibility: Who Is Eligible for 1st & 2nd Boosters Now?
As the number of COVID cases in Illinois and parts of the United States heads into the summer, many are wondering what vaccines they can get and when.
Not everyone is currently eligible for a second COVID booster shot, but experts are urging anyone who hasn’t had their first booster shot to get one.
“I want to really, really emphasize as we enter this higher risk state that we Chicagoans need to get up to speed with boosters,” said Dr. Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Allison Arwady late last month as the city first entered the “high community level.”
So who is entitled to which recordings and what do we know about the future?