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COVID-19 patient isolation rules changed

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) changed the procedures for stopping the isolation of COVID-19 patients December 14.

Following the latest recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), SPKC has decided that the doctor treating the patient shall decide on termination of isolation following these principles:

1. If no symptoms of the disease have been observed in a COVID-19 positive person (asymptomatic case), isolation may be discontinued on the 10th day following laboratory confirmation of the infection.

2. If a COVID-19 infection occurs with mild to moderate symptoms, isolation may be discontinued on day 10, provided that symptoms (fever, etc. signs of acute infection) have not been observed for at least 3 days.

3. If severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection occur, isolation may be discontinued on day 20 from the onset of the disease provided that symptoms (fever, etc. signs of acute infection) have not been observed for at least 3 days.

These principles are based on studies that show patients with no symptoms or mild symptoms can spread the disease for 10 days, whereas if the symptoms are severe, infection risk persists for up to 20 days.

The SPKC recalls that if in order to stop COVID-19 patient isolation, you do not need to perform a repeat test. This means that the doctor takes a decision when a person is allowed to resume his or her daily routine.

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