On January 21, the government proposed several changes to pandemic management. This is to prepare us for the impending high tide of infection. One idea is to reduce the duration of the quarantine from 10 to seven days. The legitimacy of this decision is commented on for MedTvoiLokony by prof. Andrzej Fal, head of the Department of Allergology, Lung Diseases and Internal Diseases at the hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw and president of the Polish Society of Public Health.
- The number of people in quarantine has increased sharply in recent days. On Friday, January 21, it was over 747 thousand.
- Currently, the quarantine lasts 10 days. Monday will be reduced to seven days
- We use the experience of other countries – said Mateusz Morawiecki
- The decision to shorten quarantine and isolation is in a sense rational, says Prof. Andrzej Fal
- More information can be found on the Onet homepage
Quarantine reduced from 10 to seven days
There has been talk of shortening the quarantine in Poland for some time. Many countries have already decided to make such a move, mainly due to the prevailing variant of Omikron, the symptoms of which appear earlier than with previous variants of the coronavirus. Another important factor is the social and economic costs of large numbers of people living in their homes.
This was officially confirmed by Mateusz Morawiecki during the Friday press conference.
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— We shorten the period of stay in quarantine from 10 to 7 days Said the prime minister. – We use the experience of other countries. Similar solutions have been introduced by France, Belgium, Germany and Greece. It is also in line with the recommendations of European agencies – added Morawiecki.
– We will want to implement it from Monday. We also need to check whether it is technically possible to shorten the quarantine of people currently staying in it – added Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski.
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Prof. Fal: This is a rational decision
The shortening of the duration of the quarantine was assessed in an interview with Medonet by Prof. Andrzej Fal, head of the Department of Allergology, Lung Diseases and Internal Diseases at the hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
– Many countries have already introduced a quarantine reduction. If we can talk about good points in the context of the Omikron variant, it is undoubtedly the fact that the presence of the pathogen, and therefore the infectivity, although higher, is shorter than in the case of the Delta or Alpha variants. Hence, the decision to shorten quarantine and isolation is somewhat rational – says prof. Halyard.
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– However, we must also bear in mind that Omikron has been in space since mid-November, because then it was detected in Africa. This means that the time of its observation at the moment is relatively short. We are learning this variant all the time – adds the president of the Polish Society of Public Health.
Length of the quarantine. How is it in other countries?
Many countries decided to quarantine some time ago. In the United States, where it is currently up to 800. cases per day, isolation and quarantine periods were reduced in December. However, this concerned employees of the health care system. Doctors and nurses who test positive for the coronavirus are isolated for seven instead of 10 days, in the absence of symptoms, isolation is reduced to five days. On the other hand, quarantine does not apply to employees who have completed the full vaccination course.
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In Germany, in early January, it was decided to reduce the compulsory quarantine from 14 to 10 days, and even to seven in the event of a negative virus test result. Those who are fully vaccinated and recently infected with COVID-19 are exempted from quarantine.
There is now a five-day quarantine and isolation period in the Czech Republic. – Omicron is a fast infection. From January 10, quarantine and isolation are reduced to five full calendar days. This time is the same for everyone, without exception, said the Czech Minister of Health, Vlastimil Válek.
In the UK, isolation and quarantine periods were cut from 10 days to seven days in December in the event that two consecutive tests fail. In January, changes were made once again, now isolation and quarantine last five days.
In France, the duration of quarantine was reduced from seven to five days, while isolation was reduced from 10 to seven days, and even to five if the infected person then tested negative for the virus.
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