WHO reduces days of isolation for Covid-19

WHO reduces days of isolation for Covid-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reduced the period of isolation by persons with Covid-19 symptoms and those who test positive for the disease. 
For patients with symptoms, the new guidelines suggest 10 days of isolation from the date of symptom onset. Previously, WHO advise wasd that patients can be discharged only 10 days after symptom onset, plus at least three additional days since their symptoms had resolved.
For those who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any signs or symptoms, WHO now suggests 5 days of isolation compared to 10 days previously. The patient can be discharged from isolation early if they test negative on an antigen-based rapid test.
WHO insists that Isolation of people with COVID-19 is an important step in preventing others from being infected. This can be done at home or at a dedicated facility, such as a hospital or clinic.
The evidence considered by WHO guideline development group showed that people without symptoms are much less likely to transmit the virus than those with symptoms. Although of very low certainty, evidence also showed that people discharged at day 5 following symptom onset risked infecting three times more people than those discharged at day 10.
WHO has also updated its guidelines on mask wearing in community settings, COVID-19 treatments, and clinical management. This is part of a continuous process of reviewing such materials, working with guideline development groups composed of independent, international experts who consider the latest available evidence and the changing epidemiology.

Masks continue to be a key tool against COVID-19

WHO continues to recommend the use of masks by the public in specific situations, and the latest update recommends their use irrespective of the local epidemiological situation, given the current spread of the COVID-19 globally. 
Masks are recommended following a recent exposure to COVID-19, when someone has or suspects they have COVID-19, when someone is at high-risk of severe COVID-19, and for anyone in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly ventilated space. 
Similar to previous recommendations, WHO advises that there are other instances when a mask may be suggested, based on a risk assessment. Factors to consider include the local epidemiological trends or rising hospitalization levels, levels of vaccination coverage and immunity in the community, and the setting people find themselves in.



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