March 13, 2024

Contagious Chronicles: Don't Be A Dreaded Spreader

In the this episode, NFID Medical Director Robert H. Hopkins Jr., MD, and William Schaffner, MD, NFID spokesperson, offer insights on updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, influenza (flu), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Key highlights:

  • Vaccination is critical, as 95% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated
  • If you have COVID-19, isolate until your fever is down (without medication) and symptoms are improving, and wear a mask around others for 5 days
  • Practice good hygiene, maintain cleaner air, and wear a well-fitting mask around others
  • If you think you have been exposed to flu, COVID-19, or RSV, assess your risk and seek testing if you are at high risk or have symptoms
  • The guidance emphasizes personal responsibility, especially for those at higher risk, and encourages everyday actions to help prevent the spread of disease