Companies cited for vaccination mandate, new CDC guidelines – NBC Chicago

Several Chicago businesses have received citations under the city’s new vaccination proof ordinance.

Plus, from masking guidelines to travel advice, many are looking for the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Do you need a vaccine to fly? CDC air travel guidelines and what else to know

As the omicron variant surges, questions are swirling online about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advice, particularly regarding testing and vaccines.

The specific requirements and guidelines largely depend on where you are and where you are going.

Here’s what you need to know.

Former Chicago alderman seeks release from prison over COVID reasons

A former Chicago city councilman convicted of tax evasion has requested early release from prison due to his age, medical condition and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge.

Edward Vrdolyak’s attorneys filed an emergency motion on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Lawyers said the 84-year-old suffered from medical conditions, including dementia, and a weakened immune system, which would put him at higher risk of serious illness or death.

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Chicago cites restaurants and gyms for COVID vaccine violations

Chicago officials have issued more than 30 citations to businesses for failing to enforce the city’s requirement that people show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in many locations.

The ordinance went into effect Jan. 3, and as of Wednesday, the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Agency had issued 32 citations to 16 businesses.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the businesses include restaurants, fitness centers, a swim school and a children’s playground.

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Is dizziness a symptom of COVID-19? What there is to know

COVID-19 can cause a large number of symptoms with fever, cough and fatigue among those most commonly reported.

But it’s also important to be aware of less common symptoms, such as dizziness.

“Countless studies” from various parts of the world have found that dizziness has occurred as a result of COVID infections, according to an article published in the National Library of Medicine of the US National Institutes of Health.

The doctors who wrote the article say the results are not surprising, as dizziness has always been associated with viral infections.

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Here’s what you should do after a positive COVID test, according to the CDC

As the omicron variant continues to drive up the number of COVID cases, some people may be facing the prospect of testing positive for the coronavirus for the first time, and may not know what to do if that diagnosis occurs.

In the state of Illinois, nearly 2.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported over the past two years, and last month saw the highest case count of the entire pandemic in the state. ‘State.

Fortunately, most cases of COVID-19 eventually produce mild symptoms, and there are a series of steps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you take if you test positive for the virus.

Learn more here.

What if you test positive for COVID after quarantine? Here’s what the CDC says to do

If you test positive for COVID-19 after quarantine and you no longer have symptoms, do you still need to stay in isolation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person is encouraged, but not required, to take a coronavirus test after being quarantined for five days after diagnosis.

After five full days, a person can end the isolation period if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever medication and if other symptoms have improved, the CDC wrote online.

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Coronavirus in Illinois: 207,203 new cases, 738 deaths as measures increase last week

Illinois health officials reported 207,203 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, along with 738 additional deaths and more than 357,000 new vaccine doses administered.

New cases and deaths mark a continued increase in recent weeks.

A total of 2,589,640 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported in the past five days bring the state to 29,099 confirmed COVID deaths.

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CDC updates mask guidelines: Here’s the best protection against COVID-19

As the omicron variant spreads rapidly in the United States, health officials argue that booster vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccine are crucial to curbing the spread of the virus, but wearing a face mask is also strongly recommended.

The Centers for Disease Control updated masking guidelines on Friday, saying N95 and KN95 masks provide the best protection against COVID-19 and people “may choose” to wear them.

Previously, the CDC did not recommend that the general population wear N95 or KN95 masks, a similar type of mask made in China, over concerns that demand could impact supply in health care settings.

In its Friday update, the CDC said shortages were no longer an issue.

Learn more here.

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