bbc.com 01 May, 2021 23:45 am

Covid: Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrapped

Covid: Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrapped
If a trial is successful, close contacts of people with Covid may no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Covid: Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrapped Published About sharing Coronavirus pandemic Getty Images p People may not need to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone with Covid, if a new trial is successful.You usually have to self-isolate for 10 days if you've tested positive or been in close contact with someone who has Close contact includes being within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes, or within one metre for a minute You might need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms People told to self-isolate are not allowed visitors, and are not allowed to leave their home A large study of the NHS test-and-trace system, published last month, found low numbers of people had followed the self-isolation rules in full.Contact tracing Self-isolation Coronavirus pandemic Coronavirus testing Is mass use of rapid tests a good idea?From 9 May, about 40,000 close contacts of people with Covid in England will be invited to take part in the study.

7m close contacts were reached and told to self-isolate, NHS Test and Trace data shows.So long as they test negative all week, they can carry on with their lives.

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