Isolation

One of the leading measures to contain the deadly virus, isolation has been addressed and debated by articles in terms of its duration in the course of the coronavirus.

Isolation is critical in containing the deadliest virus of the 21st century as the new studies indicate that the time when coronavirus patients are most contagious starts 2 days before 5 days after symptoms appear, respectively.

Other studies hint that extremely ill patients or those with compromised immune systems could shed the virus for up to twenty days, while some people can shed the virus for about a week or so, even in mild cases.

What should be the isolation period?

Research data presents the dilemma of whether health authorities should reduce the recommended isolation period for more cooperation from infected people or opt for more extended periods to avoid transmission in almost all cases despite the greater repercussions on the economy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States advises that infected people isolate themselves for a minimum of ten days from the onset of their illness. Two federal officials commenting on the matter stated that the agency contemplates reducing the suggested isolation period and is likely to release new guidelines as of December 2020.

In September, France shortened the isolation period from fourteen to seven days, and Germany is considering reducing it to five days (Corona Briefer is cautious over the terminology as isolation is for sick people; quarantine is for people who have been possibly exposed to the virus and could get sick).