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government, which judged that the spread of the virus has peaked, said that it is also considering reducing the quarantine period of corona confirmed patients.

It is a plan to reduce the quarantine period from one week to five days, but if Corona becomes a second-grade infectious disease, there is a possibility that it will be relaxed more than this, except for high-risk groups.

Reporter Park Jae-hyeon covered the story.

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government announced that it is discussing a plan to shorten the quarantine period for confirmed cases, which is currently one week, in consideration of the low fatality rate of the Omicron mutation.

In the United States, the 'quarantine period of 5 days' is applied based on the fact that transmission occurs 1 or 2 days before the onset of symptoms and between 2 and 3 days after the onset of symptoms, mostly within 5 days.

A government official said, "We are also carefully reviewing the 5-day quarantine plan."

The government is also pushing for a plan to lower the level of COVID-19 from a first-class to a second-class infectious disease in line with the complete lifting of the distance. no see.

However, there is a possibility of a 'two-track' in which quarantine obligations are maintained for high-risk groups, such as those in nursing hospitals and facilities, and those with underlying diseases.

But prudence isn't easy either.

The timing of symptom onset varies from patient to patient even after confirmation, and transmission may remain after isolation.

[Kang Tae-wook/CEO of Refreshing Otolaryngology: Some people get worse around the end of the quarantine period.

I am not sure whether (the period of quarantine) is properly applied.]

Experts said that 31% of the patients on the 5th day of isolation also tested positive in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. pointed out that it is recommended.