How risky is it to shorten isolation, and has Omicron changed the equation? We explain
Some governments are reducing isolation periods in response to the Omicron variant
of covid-19 has spread it has become clear that the symptoms it causes are less severe than those induced by its predecessors. That is good news: people who do get infected are thus less likely to end up in hospital, or dead. Unfortunately Omicron has also caused a surge in infections—so isolation rules have forced millions of people to remain at home, even though they may feel well enough to go to work. Many countries have responded by re-evaluating the required isolation period. In December America’s Centres for Disease ControlRead more: The Economist »
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Sajid Javid to scrap Covid passes within a fortnightHealth Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have concluded that Covid-19 passes for entry to large events and nightclubs in England are no longer needed as the Omicron wave subsides. They will never be scrapped. DJ Dimitri Vegas Live Performance at Expo 2020 | NY 2022 Celebration | Watch Till End for fire works
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Sajid Javid to scrap Covid passes within a fortnightHealth Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have concluded that Covid-19 passes for entry to large events and nightclubs in England are no longer needed as the Omicron wave subsides. Zήτω! Well done! And what did we learn, they don't work and the government lies more time than a little.
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variant of covid-19 has spread it has become clear that the symptoms it causes are less severe than those induced by its predecessors. That is good news: people who do get infected are thus less likely to end up in hospital, or dead. Unfortunately Omicron has also caused a surge in infections—so isolation rules have forced millions of people to remain at home, even though they may feel well enough to go to work. Many countries have responded by re-evaluating the required isolation period. In December America’s Centres for Disease Control halved this period , from ten days to five, and Britain’s government reduced it from ten days to seven with evidence of two negative tests. On January 7th Germany followed suit, cutting its isolation period from 14 days to seven with a negative test. How risky is it to shorten isolation, and has Omicron changed the equation? The Economist today Handpicked stories, in your inbox A daily newsletter with the best of our journalism Sign up Early variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, had an average incubation period (the time between infection and symptoms appearing, if they do) of six days, according to an analysis of peer-reviewed studies. Its contagiousness peaked just before symptoms appeared, and tailed off in the following seven days. For symptomatic patients, the World Health Organisation recommends at least ten days in isolation after the onset of symptoms, including at least three after symptoms disappear. It recommends asymptomatic patients isolate for ten days after a positive test. But governments’ recommendations vary, and some are stricter than others: New Zealand requires unvaccinated people to isolate for 14 days, but reduces that to ten for the vaccinated. Does the Omicron variant change the length of time people should isolate for? Early evidence suggests so. A study of six early Omicron cases in America, published by the CDC on December 28th, found the median incubation period to be three days, compared with around five days for other variants. Another study by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health of an outbreak at an office Christmas party, after which 66 out of 111 attendees tested positive for Omicron, also put the median incubation period at around three days. Scientists are still studying Omicron, but shorter incubation would help to explain the variant’s rapid spread. Regardless of the duration of isolation, regular testing remains the best way to ensure that people do not spread the virus. Britain’s new rules allow people with two negative rapid antigen tests to leave isolation early. President Joe Biden’s administration has promised to begin sending out the first of 500m rapid antigen tests to homes by the middle of January. These tests, while less sensitive than the more laborious PCR ones, are best at identifying highly infectious individuals, making them useful in slowing covid-19’s spread. Governments have to make a trade-off between the damaging effects of keeping apparently healthy people out of the workplace and the danger of some of those people going on to infect others. Britain, despite having reduced its isolation period, is already facing labour shortages—notably in the National Health Service. On January 7th the government sent troops into hospitals in London to help make up for staffing shortfalls. All our stories relating to the pandemic can be found on our