ROUNDUP: US authorities shorten recommended isolation time after corona infection

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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The US health authority CDC is shortening the recommended isolation period after a corona infection from ten to five days. The reason is scientific evidence that most infections occur early in the course of the disease – usually in the one to two days before the onset of symptoms and in the two to three days after, the CDC announced on Monday (local time). So far, the CDC had recommended isolation for ten days. The authorities understand isolation as the time after a confirmed infection. A German expert considers the procedure to be problematic.

The shortening is now recommended when those affected no longer have symptoms and wear a mask for another five days when they are near others. “The Omikron variant is spreading rapidly and has the potential to affect all facets of our society,” said CDC boss Rochelle Walensky. The new recommendations were intended to ensure that people could safely get on with their daily lives.

The epidemiologist Hajo Zeeb from the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Bremen considers the CDC recommendation to be problematic, “because everything is based on self-assessment”. Even after five days one could of course still be infectious, “and whether wearing a mask is enough is questionable”. In his opinion, a negative test to terminate the isolation would be better.


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