Ministry of Health reduces quarantine to seven days for mild cases of Covid-19

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The Ministry of Health announced, this Monday (10), the reduction of the quarantine from ten to seven days for people with mild and moderate cases of Covid-19.

If, on the fifth day, the patient has no respiratory symptoms or fever and has not used medication for 24 hours, he can perform the test. If the result is negative, the isolation can be terminated. With the positive result, the quarantine must continue until the tenth day.

“Our main message is that isolation is seven days, if he didn’t want to test on the fifth and has no symptoms on the seventh, he can come out of isolation. No need to test. We recommend keeping it until the tenth”, explained the secretary of health surveillance, Arnaldo Medeiros.

The folder recommends everyone who is released from quarantine to use N95 or PFF2 type masks, avoid agglomerations and not travel until the tenth day after the diagnosis of the disease.

The decision, according to Medeiros, was based on the experiences of the United States and the United Kingdom.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on December 27 reduced the quarantine time from ten days to five days for people without symptoms. But wearing a mask must be kept close to other people for at least another five days.

The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, declared that the Ômicron variant causes a greater number of cases, but that there is still no data on the increase in deaths.

However, it was observed by the ministry that “where vaccination has progressed well, we do not have a correspondence between the number of deaths proportional to the increase in cases”, claimed Queiroga.

“As Brazil has advanced a lot in relation to the vaccination campaign, we can envision a scenario similar to what happens in these countries”, he analyzed.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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