Dr. Mosrose Salina
Family Medicine Doctor
Praava Health 

As we continue to brave through the COVID-19 pandemic, the current Omicron variant has sprouted around nations over the past few weeks. Primarily identified in Botswana and South Africa in November 2021, the Omicron variant has spread quicker than any previously known form of the coronavirus

As cases continue to rise globally, including in Bangladesh, it is important to understand what measures to take if you come in close contact with someone who is COVID positive. You are considered to have been exposed to – or in close contact – with someone with COVID-19, if you were within 6 feet of the infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not, you should know the steps you can take if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19. The below table helps to identify what measures you should take if you have been exposed.     

Steps to take if you think you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive

Quarantine for at least 5 days After Quarantine Take precautions until 10 days 
If you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive and you are not vaccinated 
  • Take a COVID-19 test at least 5 days after you were exposed even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you were exposed to COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. Don’t leave home until you know the result
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days whenever you are around others, whether you are at home or in public
  • Avoid travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

 

Quarantine for at least 5 days Take precautions until 10 days 
If you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive and you are vaccinated
  • You do not need to quarantine unless you develop any symptoms
  • Take a COVID-19 test at least 5 days after you were exposed even if you don’t show symptoms
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days whenever you are around others, whether you are at home or in public
  • Avoid travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. Don’t leave home until you know the result

Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, if you start to develop symptoms after exposure, such as loss of smell, fever, dry cough, body ache, fatigue, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, or in some cases, more severe symptoms such as high fever, shortness of breath, severe cough, isolate and get tested as soon as possible.   

While the emergence of Omicron may be a temporary setback in the struggle to restore normalcy following the pandemic, most scientists and public health experts believe the virus will not be able to entirely evade immunization created by vaccination and earlier infection.

So far, we know that there are no variants that can cause a virus to overcome precautions like wearing face masks, handwashing, and physical distancing. Observing these guidelines should help protect against the Omicron variant also.

If you or anyone you know have come into contact with a COVID-positive person and wants to get tested, you can get tested at Praava – call 10648 or visit our website to book online.

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