COVID-19 isolation period reduced

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  1. Neil Enslin

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    The Department of Health has issued a notice announcing that the recommended isolation period for COVID-19 patients has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.


    This recommendation is based on evidence that most patients with mild COVID-19 infection continue to shed SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid from their upper airways for a median of approximately 7-12 days. Furthermore, the presence of detectable virus nucleic acid by RT-PCR does not necessarily imply infectiousness. A better proxy for infectiousness is the ability to successfully culture the virus from a sample. In mild cases, cultures are generally only positive for 8-9 days after symptom onset.

    For the full notice see attached file
     

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