Tracking of COVID-19 numbers will no longer be conducted by state health departments, and resources such as free testing kits will no longer be available.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thursday marks the end the federal public health emergency of COVID-19. This means that many preferences and practices of the pandemic era will officially begin to go away.
Tracking of COVID-19 numbers will no longer be done by state health departments, and resources such as free testing kits will no longer be available as they have been for the past few years.
For many health executives and health professionals, this is pretty much what they’ve come to expect. Dr. Mysheika Roberts of Columbus Public Health says the move comes at the right time as we approach the summer months.
“Yes, it comes at the right time, especially in the summer months when we know that most respiratory viruses really go down. We know there are a lot of people out there, so I think this is the right time,” said Dr. Roberts.
She also says the pandemic has been a reset for many of us when it comes to how we treat illness.
“I really think that COVID-19 and the flu are the same in terms of how we treat it, how healthcare professionals and public health professionals are treating it right now. I think the biggest misunderstanding is that before this pandemic, when people got sick, they didn’t isolate themselves,” she said.
Subsequently, if you are not immunocompromised and contract COVID-19, standard practice is to isolate for five days until symptoms resolve and the test is negative.
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