Guidelines to follow if you get COVID, local pediatrician recommends vaccine

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – As the fourth wave of COVID-19 continues to mount, a local pediatrician wants to remind people of important coronavirus guidelines.

If you’ve been vaccinated and exposed to someone with COVID, Dr. Bridgette Foreman, an internal medicine and pediatrician at the Freedman Clinic of Internal Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalist in Cabrini, said you don’t have to go into strict quarantine. However, you should wear a mask for the next 10 to 14 days and monitor the symptoms. If you develop symptoms, Foreman said assume it’s COVID, get tested, and avoid unnecessary contact.

On the other hand, if you have not been vaccinated and exposed to someone with COVID, you should quarantine immediately. If you live with someone who has COVID, Foreman said your 10- to 14-day quarantine period doesn’t begin until your last known contact with that person.

“So if my husband and I live together and I get COVID, my husband’s quarantine period won’t start until my 10 days are up,” said Dr. Foreman. “His time does not begin until his last contact with me during my isolation time. So then his time clock starts for 14 days at the end of mine. If at any time he develops symptoms and tests positive, his 10-day time clock will start at that time.”

It is also important to note that a negative COVID test does not necessarily rule out the virus. With all the dangers of the coronavirus, Foreman said it was an easy decision for her to get the vaccine.

“I’m looking at these two options because that’s basically all there is to it: risk of getting COVID with the vaccine on board or getting COVID without the vaccine’s protection, and I decide which of those carries a lower risk.” Foreman said. “And I think when I think about it in that scenario, it’s really easy to say I’m choosing the vaccine because I know the protection it gives me in reducing hospitalizations and deaths.”

Health officials are seeing fewer cases of loss of taste and smell and more cases with headaches, fatigue, GI symptoms and allergies.

When it comes to our younger population, Dr. Foreman that it is possible for children to test positive for both RSV and COVID. Even if you test for COVID once and it comes back negative, it may be a good idea to retest a few days later if symptoms persist.

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