(Reuters) – The health ministry on Monday announced a reduction of the recommended period of quarantine from 10 to seven days for people diagnosed with Covid-19 who do not show symptoms of the disease, and reducing the duration to five days. If the person tests negative for coronavirus on the fifth day.
“Our main message is that the isolation is seven days, if he doesn’t want to be tested on the fifth and has no symptoms on the seventh he can leave the isolation”, Arnaldo Medeiros, secretary of health surveillance at the ministry, told a press release. conference..
The decision comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced the recommended isolation period for people with asymptomatic COVID-19 from 10 to five days in late December. According to the CDC, a review of 113 studies from 17 countries showed that most transmission occurs early in the course of infection.
The measure is intended to allow people who have contracted COVID-19, when they do not show symptoms of the disease, to return to work, due to labor shortages caused by the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron version of the coronavirus. between.
(by Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro)