On January 19, the WHO will meet to assess the situation and recommend a 14-day quarantine for COVID patients

The WHO’s COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team official Abdi Mahamud recommended a 14-day quarantine period for COVID-infected people.

As the new highly complex and mutated Omicron B.1.1.529 variant continues to grip nations around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated on Tuesday that those infected should remain quarantined for 14 days. In a press conference, WHO official Abdi Mahamud of the organization’s COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team said that the correct duration of quarantine for those who contract COVID-19 should be 14 days because patients begin to recover within five to seven days of onset of symptoms.

Nations around the world have set their quarantine periods based on their unique circumstances, but WHO’s Mahamud says that in countries with low infection rates, a longer quarantine period could actually help keep COVID-19 case numbers low. However, the latter stated that shorter quarantines may be justified because they may help countries’ economies run smoothly and may be effective in countries with runaway cases.

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14-day quarantine for COVID patients
14-day quarantine for COVID patients

Surprisingly, the WHO official revealed at the conference that an individual can be infected with both influenza and COVID-19 at the same time. While there is little chance of the two viruses combining, he believes they could cause the disease to spike at the same time, affecting the infected person’s health.

The CDC supports immediate quarantine after COVID exposure.

According to the WHO, 128 countries have now reported cases of the Omicron variant, though the rate of drop-off, hospitalisation, and death in South Africa has recently begun to decline. However, even if the country’s COVID-19 cases were waning, the WHO recommends a 14-day quarantine for those who come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person because the infection takes at least a week to recover from.

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Quarantine is required as soon as possible after the event. According to the CDC, “you may have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected.” This, it continues, prevents COVID-19 transmission by isolating people who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 from others. “Stay at home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19,” the US health organisation emphasises, noting that the date of your exposure counts as day 0.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on January 19 to review the COVID situation.

On January 19, the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will meet to assess the situation.

The group will discuss a variety of topics, including booster schedules, vaccine mixing, and the composition of future vaccines.

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