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2022-01-13 15:00:07

These days, it's much easier to contract the coronavirus as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads worldwide. As people face this current reality, it's important to note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently changed its guidelines around isolation and quarantine. Many have questions about what to do if they or a family member ends up catching Covid-19.

What if a child tests positive — how should parents and guardians care for that child safely? What if a parent has Covid-19 but their children don't? How long should someone be in isolation? When should people be tested? What if everyone in the family contracts Covid-19 — do they need to be isolated from one another?

To answer your questions, I spoke with one of our experts, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also author of "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health," and the mom of two young children.

CNN: You've talked a lot about the difference between isolation and quarantine. What's the difference and why is it important?

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