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Center for Disease Control issues new guidance for “common respiratory viral illnesses”

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Treating COVID-19 just like the flu, RSV, and other common viruses

From the Allegany County Department of Health and the CDC,

As the threat from COVID-19 becomes more similar to that of other common respiratory viruses, the Centers for Disease Control has issued Respiratory Virus Guidance, rather than guidance specific to each virus type. This brings a unified, practical approach to addressing risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses.

Following the updated CDC recommendations, the New York State Department of Health has revised its guidance to again align with the CDC guidance for when to stay home and when individuals can return to normal activities after respiratory infections including COVID-19, influenza, and RSV.

Each year, respiratory viruses are responsible for millions of illnesses and thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. In addition to the virus that causes COVID-19, there are many other types of respiratory viruses, including flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The good news is there are actions you can take to help protect yourself and others from health risks caused by respiratory viruses.

CDC’s Respiratory Virus Guidance

This guidance provides practical recommendations and information to help people lower risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

Read the full CDC Guidance here:  https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/guidance/respiratory-virus-guidance.html

These changes do not pertain to individuals working in healthcare settings. Healthcare facilities should continue to follow the CDC’s guidance that is specific to Healthcare Personnel.

For more information visit our website at https://www.alleganyco.gov/departments/health/ to view the updated guidance and information about COVID-19.

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