With the rapid spread of the new coronavirus increasing the number of people who are quarantined and the shortage of people working in medical institutions and transportation is becoming a serious situation, the United Kingdom has shortened the quarantine period for infected people from the previous 7 days. Announced that it will be shortened to 5 days.

In the UK, where the number of infected humans per day exceeds 100,000 due to the spread of the mutant virus Omicron strain, the number of people who cannot go out due to quarantine is increasing rapidly, and there is a shortage of people working in medical institutions, schools, and transportation. It's a situation.

The British government last month shortened the quarantine period for infected people from 10 days to a minimum of 7 days in England, where London is located, but with serious social impacts, it has been even shorter since 17th this month. Announced that it will be 5 days.



Health Minister Sajid Javid explained that it was the result of considering the impact on social activities such as economy and education and the risk of spreading the infection to those who have completed quarantine.



According to the announcement, quarantine can be completed in 5 days if the test shows two consecutive negatives and no fever.



Health officials have called for wearing masks and avoiding contact in crowded areas, saying that even after five days of quarantine, they can infect people around them.



The quarantine period for infected people has been shortened to five days under certain conditions in the United States, and there is a growing movement to respond to the social impact of the spread of infection.

Shortening the quarantine period in France, Germany, and Italy

In Europe, where the infection continues to spread, many countries are shortening the quarantine period for infected people and contacts.



Of these, France says that infected people can shorten the quarantine period to 7 days if they have been vaccinated, and medical professionals can be exempted from quarantine if they have no symptoms.



In addition, vaccinated contacts are exempt from quarantine provided they are tested.



Germany has reduced the quarantine period for infected individuals to seven days if the test is negative, and exempts contacts from quarantine if they have been vaccinated.



Italy has also shortened the quarantine period for infected persons to 7 days under certain conditions, such as receiving additional vaccinations, and contacts are exempt from quarantine.



In addition, the ECDC = European Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided guidelines that the isolation period for "essential workers" who support society and livelihoods can be shortened to three days if certain conditions such as booster vaccination are met. increase.

California, USA Medical worker If positive but asymptomatic, no quarantine required

Health officials in western California have said that they will be asymptomatic if they find themselves positive until the 1st of next month due to a shortage of health workers due to the spread of the new coronavirus. For example, we have set out a policy of eliminating the need for isolation and allowing business to continue.



It is desirable to handle patients who are positive for the new corona after requiring them to wear high-performance masks when working, but in emergency wards where tests cannot be performed immediately or in workplaces where labor shortages are serious, this is the case. Not as much as possible.



However, there are voices of opposition to this policy, saying that it is a dangerous response that may spread the infection to other patients locally.

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