I am in close contact with Covid: How many days do I self-isolate and when do I get tested? – Community

On December 29, the Federal Health Board (COFISA) agreed with the health ministers of the 24 jurisdictions to reduce isolation days for people infected with Covid-19 and those in close contact with them.
The questions that guide these lines are logical: how many days of isolation should be done, when the survey should be carried out, whether or not an appointment should be made, how to act according to the result obtained, and – details that no one has reported – what happens If in the through isolation, ‘close contact’ symptoms develop.
An educational summary with questions and answers for information provided by six districts.

Swab tails for the detection of Covid in Parana.

I have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid that I do not live with and who has been vaccinated. How many days should I self-isolate?

– The new protocol has set a turning point: if a person has been vaccinated with a full schedule and received the last dose within the past five months, the mandatory isolation is five days.
After those five days, five days of “freedom” followed, but with limited circulation, what the government called “special care,” a measure primarily intended to apply common sense.
That is, not attending group or social events, almost always wearing a chin strap and being very careful when in contact with people at risk.

– I’m vaccinated and doing close isolation. When do I get a smear?

In some jurisdictions, testing requirements for those who have been fully vaccinated and are not asymptomatic begin to wane. However, in all cases, the survey may be required from the fifth day in specific circumstances, such as those who for work-related reasons are in contact with an at-risk population.
In cases where this is not the case, the employer can still request proof of a negative antigen test.

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– I am in close contact, but I did not get vaccinated (or I did not give myself the second dose, or I gave it more than five months ago and I do not have a booster dose yet). How many days should I self-isolate and when, should I take a swab?

The rationale for having the full vaccination schedule (two or three doses) and a threshold of five months from the last dose is due to the fact that the longer time has passed since the last injection, the higher the chances of him being that the antibodies to the Covid virus have fallen, and thus this infected The person is infected.
In this case it touches a greater isolation, bypassing any smear made in the middle. This isolation is required (as long as no symptoms appear) for ten days.

– What should I do if I have been in close contact with a case of Covid, I began to feel isolated “normal”, but in the middle I developed symptoms?

This scenario was not specified in the national protocol nor in the counties consulted, although it is very common.
Clarin was able to learn that both the city and province of Buenos Aires, as well as Córdoba and Mendoza, require close contact to go to a fever unit (UFU) on the same day symptoms begin for a coronavirus swab. .
Instead, Santa Fe recommends “waiting 24 hours to do this,” which makes sense, as it should increase the viral load enough to get a more accurate result.

If the swab is negative, the isolation that has already begun should be carried out (with the above differences, depending on whether the person has been vaccinated). No need to wipe again.
But if the test is positive, the person is ‘reclassified’: they are no longer in close contact and have become a ‘confirmed case of Covid’. Therefore, another protocol starts from the beginning with the number of days of new isolation. This scenario will be detailed below.

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I am in close contact with someone I live with who has Covid. what I do?

– Experts recommend that you try to isolate yourself indoors and use a chin strap at all times to avoid infection: it is very common to “lose” – even among cohabitants – if everyone is vaccinated.
Where isolation is impossible (due to the characteristics of the home), the number of “real” quarantine days (five or ten, depending on whether the person has been vaccinated or not) will start when the infected person acquires their own epidemiological secretions, significantly prolonging the isolation Bored about close contact coexisting.

I suffer from Covid and I don’t know how many days I self-isolate or what to do.

– It must be remembered that in announcing the change of protocol, Minister Carla Vizzotti reiterated that due to the huge demand for tests, the possibility of confirming the disease not only by survey but also by “clinical and epidemiological linkage” still applies. That is, the responsible physician deduces the diagnosis by the overlap of the patient’s symptoms with his recent contact with an infected person.

What follows is to isolate and notify all close communications, created by people who interacted between 72 hours to a week “behind”. But now, that the Omicron variant has started to dominate, it can have a shorter incubation time, he posted Clarion.
Going to isolation, if the person is vaccinated on a full schedule (2 or 3 doses within five months), it’s seven days of isolation plus three special care.
If a person has had an incomplete vaccination or has not been vaccinated (or it has been more than five months since the last dose), then there will be ten days of complete isolation.

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What care measures should I take if I come into close contact with a close contact?

-Nobody. Or rather, like the general population: a chin strap in a suitable position, as long as possible; avoid sharing enclosed spaces with other people; Good ventilation in the rooms and proper manual hygiene.
Also, pay special attention to those with risk factors. And of course, get vaccinated (and vaccinate the boys) with the full scheme, which now includes not two but three doses.

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