The NPS continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working closely with the doctors and public health professionals in the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. In a statement issued today, the United Nations health agency said there was “a growing body of evidence regarding the value of an additional booster dose” for groups including health workers, people aged over 60 and those with weak immune systems. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts are racing to understand the unexpected spread of monkeypox to Massachusetts.
What are some of the first symptoms of COVID-19?
Early symptoms reported by some people include fatigue, headache, sore throat or fever. Others experience a loss of smell or taste. COVID-19 can cause symptoms that are mild at first, but then become more intense over five to seven days, with worsening cough and shortness of breath.
Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
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Public health information will continue to be shared as appropriate, and community members are encouraged to continue visiting Syracuse.edu/staysafe as the primary source of information and the latest updates about the University’s COVID-19 response. Looking ahead, I write to share updates to public health protocols for summer 2022, as the University continues to align its policies and recommendations with best practices for endemic management. Importantly, these updates pertain specifically to summer operations and do not necessarily reflect policies or procedures in place for the Fall 2022 semester. We will share additional public health updates as we head toward the next academic year, applicable to the fall semester and beyond. The United States recently reached the one million mark in COVID-19 deaths, despite having a higher than average vaccination rate. While most masking and social distancing restrictions have been eased up in the past few months, the pandemic remains ongoing and in some areas, shows signs of worsening.
Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, said that pandemic-related school closures have been tough on tweens and teens, many of whom now lag developmentally in terms of how to act with peers. She also noted that reconnecting with friends can be stressful because people have different risk tolerances for togetherness. Partnerships with schools and community groups plus more supports for children and families are needed to help youths impacted by the pandemic that has stretched on for a year.
Isolation And Quarantine Guidance
As a result, health services in England will soon offer low dose COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5–11 years. In a recent article, Medical News Today spoke with experts about what the future of SARS-CoV-2 might hold. We ask whether the next variant will be weaker than Omicron, discuss endemicity, and ask how vaccination might impact future variants.