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The End of Quarantine?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, 43.7% of Americans are now fully vaccinated. Most states have fully opened, and most have fully lifted mask mandates. Daily new cases and deaths are at a fraction of where they were previously. Nevertheless, they are still occurring. Is this the end of quarantine? Not yet. Quarantine Guidelines from the CDC Just because many people are vaccinated doesn’t mean those exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms no longer have to quarantine. The vaccinations have changed things a little but are mainly divided into directives for fully, partially, and unvaccinated individuals. Here is what the CDC says: Unvaccinated must quarantine: 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Partially vaccinated means: You have either not received your 2nd dose, or: It has not been 2 weeks since your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. It has not been 2 weeks since your single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Partially vaccinated individuals experiencing symptoms or exposed to the virus would need to follow the standard quarantine guidelines as an unvaccinated person does. Fully vaccinated exposure to virus: You do not need to stay away from others or go through testing unless you have symptoms. Symptomatic fully vaccinated individuals will then follow the standard quarantine guidelines listed under unvaccinated individuals. Herd Immunity and Continuing the Fight Herd immunity became a buzzword when cases skyrocketed last year. It means the number of people in a population who can get the disease drops to such a low level that any new cases cannot spread. The problem is that accomplishing herd immunity means isolating people with symptoms and isolation from any new factors altering what we know about the disease. Neither of which is present in COVID-19. Variations in the virus and vaccine hesitancy further challenge the reality of reaching herd immunity. The reduction in cases and deaths is directly related to vaccine distribution and emerging treatments. The data gathered so far has shown vaccines are effective at preventing the virus, while treatments are helping more people to recover once they get it. Is this the end of the need for quarantine? No. If the virus has taught us anything, it’s to be respectful of each other’s health. It’s also evident that when a community unites against a public health threat, nothing’s impossible. Get involved in COVID-19 studies currently enrolling here at Arizona Liver Health. Healthy individuals, those experiencing symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19 are needed. Call us at (480) 360-4000 or visit our website to learn more! Sources:

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Healthy at home

Keeping Healthy During Quarantine

Keeping healthy during quarantine is easier said than done. Safety guidelines and closures can make it more challenging. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is how to adapt. Get back on track or start your healthy journey with some tips for the mind, body, and soul. Body and Mental Health   Overall health is achieved by taking care of the body and the mind. Supplying your body with the right fuel and keeping active isn’t always easy during quarantine and social distancing guidelines. You can start with: Eat a well-balanced diet low in processed sugars, carbs, and saturated fats—stock up on nutritionally dense foods that boost the immune system. Cabbages, winter squash, lentils, and sweet potatoes are examples. 150 minutes of moderate activity are recommended during the week. If you are starting out, pick something you enjoy, so you will more likely stick with it. Have a dance party or make up a workout. Just make it FUN! Mental health should be on every wellness list. Helping manage it at home can involve several areas, but we have some tips to get you started: Go outside to get some fresh air at least once a day. Stay informed with the facts from trusted resources. At the same time, don’t watch the news all day. Have specific times to check for updates. Maintain contact with friends and loved ones. Volunteer. Giving back to others is proven to have many mental health benefits. If you have a mental illness, keep appointments with your doctor and seek help if symptoms worsen. Staying Healthy with Chronic Conditions  If you have chronic conditions like liver disease, staying healthy is even more critical amid a pandemic. You should continue to follow all treatment plans recommended by your doctor. This includes continuing medications as directed, monitoring your diet, and keeping active. It may be tempting to skip appointments to limit COVID-19 exposure but don’t. Instead, see what virtual options and safety protocols your provider has in place. Having chronic conditions raise your chances of having severe symptoms if infected with COVID. It’s not worth the gamble. Liver Disease and COVID-19 Research Studies  Clinical research studies help determine potential new therapies’ safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public. Without the role of research studies and the volunteers who participate in them, improvements to how we diagnose, manage, and prevent medical conditions wouldn’t exist. In the fight to end COVID-19, every medication, PPE, medical device, and vaccine in use today is a direct result of the work scientists, researchers, studies, and volunteers accomplished. Arizona Liver Health is committed to continuing our part of the fight by offering COVID-19 studies in addition to our core liver trials. You can join us whether you’re interested in prevention, getting tested for FREE, or helping advance options for those infected. To find out more about all of our COVID-19 and liver-related studies, visit the current studies page on our website here. To speak with a member of our research team, please call (480) 360-4000. References:—mental-health?gclid=CjwKCAiAi_D_BRApEiwASslbJ-XxgFAy2fQz0CF5-XJT2KZVLqJ6r6GZg-MitlvYazOjm_27E9K0mxoCLvEQAvD_BwE    

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