BA.2 is so far the most transferable variant of COVID-19.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued new guidelines for schools in response to the variant.
One of the biggest changes concerns quarantine. It is now only a recommendation, specifically for students, if they are revealed.
Earlier this month, CDPH released a new guide allowing schools to allow students exposed to COVID-19 back on campus without quarantine.
“We send exposure to the classroom when there is a positive case, and then we recommend testing after day three to five and monitoring for symptoms,” said Anna-Liza Pacaoan, senior nurse for the Lucia Mar Unified School District.
Schools may allow students who were exposed to continue school activities unless they develop symptoms or test positive.
“The reason why the quarantine recommendation was changed was that with the new variant, the incubation time, which is the time one is exposed to when developing symptoms, is much shorter.”
Pacaoan says with BA.2 that they found the time from which someone is exposed when they develop symptoms is shorter – two to three days.
For staff members, the Cal / OSHA district follows guidelines, so this new recommendation applies to students only.
“For positive cases, we follow the state and local guidelines so that the individual, the positive individual, must isolate himself for a minimum of five days and can test on day five or after, and if negative, it can be released from isolation,” Pacaoan said.
Anyone exposed to COVID-19 is advised to take a test within three to five days of their last exposure to the virus.
Employees do not need to be quarantined if they test negative on day five after exposure, but that changes if they develop symptoms.