Covid: Why some countries have reduced isolation (and the doubts it generates among some scientists)

  • Carlos Serrano (@carliserrano)
  • BBC News World

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In many countries, health authorities have reduced the isolation time for people infected with Covid-19.

With the advancement of the omicron variant, some countries have relaxed their insulation standards.

On occasions prior to the coronavirus pandemic, before the emergence of a new variant, the authorities reinforced restrictive measures to avoid infection.

Now, however, countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina have reduced the number of days a person with Covid-19 must remain isolated after the disease has overcome or no symptoms.

In the United States, a person would not have to self-isolate for ten days, but only for five days. In the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina, they will spend ten days in quarantine as opposed to just seven, with specific indications in each country.

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