COVID-19 Guidelines

  • March 2024 COVID update

    On March 1, 2024, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) updates and simplifies respiratory virus recommendations.  The recommendations are easier to follow and help protect those most at risk.  As of March 13, 2024 the Virginia Department of Health (VHH) has aligned its recommendations for COVID-19 with the CDC. 

    The following information is from the VDH website:

    Preventing the Spread of Respiratory Viruses When You’re Sick

    If you’re sick with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19, influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or a cold, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others.

    Symptoms of a respiratory virus can include fever, chills, fatigue (tiredness), cough, runny nose, and headache, among others. See this fact sheet for symptoms of common respiratory illnesses (other languages below) .

     

    Stay Home if You're Sick

    • Stay home and away from others when sick with symptoms of a respiratory virus.
      • Resources are available if you need support while staying home.
    • Get treatment right away if eligible.
    • You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both of these are true:
      • Your symptoms are getting better overall, AND
      • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).
    • Once you resume normal activities, take added precautions for the next five days.
      • If you start to feel worse or get a fever after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again and follow the steps above.

     

    Take Added Precautions for Five Days

    Taking the steps below for the next five days can help reduce the spread of respiratory disease to others. You might still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. These steps are especially important to protect those most at risk for severe illness, including people aged 65 years and older and people with weakened immune systems.

    If at any point your symptoms worsen, or you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing or chest pain), seek medical care immediately.

     

     

     

    Link to graphic: https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/downloads/RVG-Summary-Graphic-508.pdf