January 18, 2022

isolation rules about to be relaxed with the Omicron variant?

The Ministry of Health is considering changing the isolation rules for contact cases, faced with the risk of a society paralyzed by a more contagious but less dangerous variant.

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Today required to isolate themselves for seven days, or even 17 days for those who share their home with a person positive for Covid-19, will contact cases see this isolation shortened in the coming days? According to the Ministry of Health, contacted by France Télévisions Thursday, December 23, work is underway on the issue of isolation rules at the level of the executive and the health crisis center to clarify the rules with regard to the Omicron variant.

“We are awaiting the return of studies on the Omicron variant”, explains the Ministry of Health. “If they confirm, as we hope, a decrease in dangerousness (with more cases but less impact), then in this case, we can indeed lighten the rules.”

This planned change in isolation rules can be explained, among other things, by the warnings sent out on Thursday by the Scientific Council. Its members have indeed alerted to a “possible disorganization of the company from the beginning of January” Due to “hundreds of thousands of cases” in France next month. “Knowing that on average a person infects more than 10 people, with 100,000 cases per day, it is a million contact cases in quarantine from seven to 17 days, or more than 10 million days of downtime generated each day “, explains on Twitter Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute for Global Health in Geneva, Switzerland.

If it took the plunge, France would not be the only one to review its isolation rules in the face of the Omicron variant. This is what the British government did on Wednesday, which reduced the period of isolation in England from ten to seven days for vaccinated people who contracted the Covid. Ditto in South Africa, where a Scientific Council recommended that the government reduce the isolation period for patients with symptoms from ten to seven days.