the rules to follow in terms of testing and isolation

the rules to follow in terms of testing and isolation

COVID ISOLATION. Two and a half years after the appearance of Covid-19 in France, the virus continues to circulate, on a smaller scale. What to do if you are a contact or positive case for coronavirus?

The figures for the number of positive cases for Covid-19 are (very) slightly on the rise during this back-to-school period. Sufficient, however, to alert Public Health France which, in its last epidemiological point of September 16, called, once again, for “respect for combined measures” to limit the spread of the virus. And in particular in isolation in the event of symptoms or a positive test. However, specialists do not all agree on the subject, some wanting to maintain the constraint of isolation when others are campaigning to no longer impose such a rule. “It would still be premature to no longer isolate oneself with all the uncertainties that remain” estimated in The Parisian Mahmoud Zureik, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, when Mircea T. Sofonea, teacher-researcher at the University of Montpellier, retorted that “it is important that it comes from oneself -even and is not suffered from the government.If we know we are positive and we are aware of the consequences that this can have on vulnerable people, there should be this ethic of limiting our contacts as much as possible. , without necessarily isolating oneself if this is not possible in practice. Despite these divergent opinions, the rules have still not changed in France. Whether you are a contact case or positive yourself, here is what it is recommended to follow regarding testing and isolation.

It is recommended to be tested against Covid-19 in several circumstances, whether if you are in contact or yourself with symptoms suggesting contamination with Covid-19. coronavirus :

  • If I am a contact case, that is to say that I have been in contact with a person who has contracted Covid-19, it is recommended to take a test (PCR, antigen or self-test) two days after being notified. .
  • If I feel the main symptoms related to Coid-19 appear, namely fever, cough or chest tightness, headache and body aches, loss of smell and/or taste.

How long should I stay in isolation if I am infected with Covid?

Since the appearance of Covid-19, given its contagiousness, it is very strongly recommended to isolate yourself if a screening turns out to be positive. However, the durations vary according to the profiles of the infected people, as explained by the Health Insurance. Duration which begins from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the taking of the positive test:

  • Child under 12: 7 days
  • Person with a complete vaccination schedule (3 doses or 2 doses and 1 infection): 7 days
  • Person not vaccinated or with an incomplete vaccination schedule: 10 days

If, during the period of isolation, work cannot be continued remotely or if the symptoms are too severe to be able to telework, it is possible to obtain a work stoppage from health insurance, directly online. The terms and conditions are to be discovered in our dedicated article below.

To be certain of being able to get out of his period of isolation without taking the risk of contaminating anyone around him, Health Insurance asks to carry out a PCR or antigen test. It must be checked that it is negative after five days for fully vaccinated people, against seven days for those not or partially vaccinated. Moreover, the absence of clinical signs of infection may be sufficient to exit isolation.

What is the incubation period for Covid?

This was the big question at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic: what is the incubation time for Covid? In other words, what is the time between contamination and the appearance of symptoms? If the contagious phase of a patient positive for Covid-19 was initially 8 days on average, and began two days before the onset of symptoms, the appearance of the Omicron variant reduced this duration. With the Omicron variant, “replication is faster, as already confirmed in January 2022 at Echoes Professor Alain Fisher, the “Mister vaccine” at the head of the Council for the vaccine strategy for France: “Everything is getting shorter, including the symptomatic phase – or asymptomatic but contagious”. According to cross-checked data from the majority of epidemiologists, it takes approximately three days between contamination and the appearance of symptoms linked to the Omicron variant.