Updated CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance

On Friday, March 1, CDC released updated guidance for respiratory viruses, that including standardizing the isolation guidelines for COVID-19, flu, and RSV: 

Standardizing this guidance helps you take immediate steps to keep your loved ones healthy when you’re sick, even if you don’t have a test available to figure out which illness you’ve contracted. 

Take these precautions to avoid contracting a respiratory virus

  • Stay up-to-date with vaccines for COVID-19, flu, and RSV. Call 804-205-3501 to schedule an appointment at an RHHD clinic. 
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and water, cover any coughs and sneezes, and disinfect frequently used surfaces.  
  • Improve ventilation by opening windows or spending time outside. 


Ask yourself these questions before returning to normal activities: 

  • Are my symptoms clearly getting better? These could include sneezing, coughing, fatigue, or muscle aches. Not every case of respiratory illness will cause a fever. 
  • If I have had a fever, have I been fever-free for a whole day without using fever-reducing meds like Tylenol or ibuprofen?  


When you return to normal activities, take these precautions for 5 more days. 

  • Wear a well-fitting mask.  
  • Continue to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.  
  • Take social events outside or keep distance from others.  
  • Plan to test for COVID before events or close interactions.  

These steps will help keep your loved ones and neighbors safe, especially those who are at high-risk of serious illness. 


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