Given the rise in new cases of covid, many people wonder how long they should isolate if they test positive. Below we tell you how many days it is recommended to isolate yourself and what other measures can be taken to avoid infecting others.
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The first thing that must be taken into account is that, after the emergence of the omicron variant, the recommended isolation times have been shortening.
For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (CDC) indicate that currently positive patients should be isolated for 5 days.
“People with COVID-19 must isolate themselves for 5 days and, if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are disappearing, continue wearing a mask for 5 days afterwards,” they explain.
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According to this institution, most of the contagious by covid occur during the first days of infection.
“Most SARS-CoV-2 transmissions occur in the first few days of illness, typically in the first and second days before the onset of symptoms, and in the 2-3 days afterward.”
Likewise, a 5-day quarantine is recommended for those who have been exposed to the virus without presenting symptoms.
It is important to note that the 5 days of isolation for those infected they are counted from the first day with symptoms.
On the other hand, the CDC indicates that people who have recently received a booster dose of the vaccine do not necessarily need to quarantine after exposure.
For this reason, the recommendation of the health authorities is to seek a reinforcement of the covid vaccine, in case the complete scheme is not available.