Coronavirus: Olivier Véran explains the 7-day rule

Published by My B., Laurent P., Manon C. · Published on 17 September 2020 at 18h41 · Updated on 17 September 2020 at 23h01
After Jean Castex announced this Friday September 11 the self-isolation period was reduced, Olivier Véran gives more details on the 7-day rule in his now weekly report on the evolution of coronavirus and measures in France.

For his weekly report on Covid-19, Olivier Véran has given more details on the seven-day quarantine. What should you do in case of symptoms?  You shall isolate for 7 days after the symptoms broke out, 7 days after a positive test and 7 days after being in touch with a positive case, at home, and get tested at the end of the 7-day period.

Olivier Véran has asked "not to get tested right away", but remain "self-isolated for 7 days and then get tested after the 7-day isolation". Last but not least, the minister's latest details are for Lille, Toulouse, Rennes, Dijon and Paris. Cities where "the incidence rate in the general population is high, by 3 or 4 times". He said the government will be "paying extreme attention to the evolution of the situation in these metropolises".

So far, even though two-week quarantine is recommended (but not mandatory) to people infected by coronavirus, the French government is considering reducing this isolation period from 14 to 7 days. This is now official since Jean Castex announced this Friday September 11, 2020 in an address following the Council of Defense, that the two-week quarantine was now of seven days, as the Scientific Committee suggested.

As a matter of fact, according to recent scientific studies, most coronavirus recipients contaminate people in the first five days following the breakout of symptoms. Therefore, a 7-day quarantine should be enough to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Moreover, as said earlier, in France the two-week quarantine is not mandatory and most French struggle sticking to it. According to people for the 7-day isolation, a shorter period could encourage self-isolation of patients. Even reduced, the quarantine week would remain based on volunteering.

Even though the idea does not spark unanimity in the medical staff because of the resurgence of the virus in France over the past weeks, the Scientific Committee has recommended it to Health Minister Olivier Véran. A decision now ratified and precised.

The speed of coronavirus transmission reachs an "alarming" level in Europe, WHO says. The Covid-19 transmission level is increasing, the World Health Organization (WHO) notices, also worrying about shortened quarantines decided or considered in several countries, including France.

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