Posted: Thu 30th Jul 2020

Self isolation period in Wales increased from 7 to 10 days

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2020


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Wales has announced an increase in the time you need to self isolate if you have symptoms or a positive test result.

The change has been announced in a joint statement by the UK Chief Medical Officers at 10am this morning.

“In symptomatic people Covid-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after, symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.

“Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with Covid who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.

“We have considered how best to target interventions to reduce risk to the general population and consider that at this point in the epidemic, with widespread and rapid testing available and considering the relaxation of other measures, it is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.

“This will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission.”

For more information on Coronavirus in Wales, the testing, policies and guidance please check the gov.wales/coronavirus site.

Top picture: The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton.

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