Covid-19: should the isolation time for contact cases be reduced?


DECRYPTION – This is one of the measures that the government could announce on Monday at the end of the Health Defense Council to counter a possible paralysis of the country due to the explosion of contaminations.

Hard hit by the Omicron variant, the UK declared 121,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Christmas Eve. This week, the spectacular dynamics of the epidemic led in the island country to a shortage of manpower linked to the isolation of infected people, but also of contact cases.

If the British government has lowered the duration of the isolation of infected people from ten to seven days to respond to the risk of paralysis of the country, the French government, for its part, plans to reduce the isolation period for contact cases next week. Is this measurement in line with the new characteristics of the Omicron variant? Or does it essentially respond to the imperative of avoiding a “disorganizationOf society, to use the words of the warning from the Scientific Council?

There is a big unknown, explains Mircea Sofonea, lecturer in epidemiology and evolution of infectious diseases at the university …

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