Evolution of isolation and quarantine rules


Why are the rules changing?

In order to take into account the extremely rapid evolution of the distribution of the Omicron variant in France and to have a benefit-risk balance aimed at ensuring control of contamination while maintaining socio-economic life, the durations of isolation and quarantine change from January 3, 2022.

The first virological data available for the Omicron variant show a faster incubation time for the Omicron variant than for the previous variants, supporting a possible reduction in the isolation time.

In addition, epidemiological data show an extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant which risks causing an exponential increase in the incidence of positive people in the French population, with a significant number of people who will be infected in the coming weeks. By maintaining the current rules for isolating positive cases and contact persons of a person infected with SARS-CoV-2, many people would be excessively forced into isolation and excluded from their workplace, which could thus jeopardize the continuity of the social and economic life of the country.

Also, the consideration of these elements, associated with the acceleration of the vaccination campaign and the reminder of the essential implementation of barrier measures, made it possible to consider reducing the duration of isolation and adjusting the rules for contact cases.

It is with this in mind that the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) issued an opinion on December 31, 2021 on measures to ease the strategy of social and professional isolation. In its opinion, the HCSP distinguishes three phases of possible evolution of the epidemiological situation according to the impacts on social, economic and health life.

France is experiencing a very sharp increase in the number of cases with more than 200,000 new daily cases. In order to avoid major social and economic disruption, the Government has decided to put in place, as of January 3, 2022, the procedures to be followed in terms of phase 3 isolation and quarantine in the opinion of the HCSP..

What are the new isolation rules?

From January 3, 2022the isolation rules are the same for positive people regardless of the variant (Delta or Omicron).

1- For positive people with a complete vaccination schedule (reminder carried out in accordance with the requirements of the health pass) and for children under 12 years old

Isolation is now for 7 days (full) after the date of the onset of signs or the date of the collection of the positive test. However, after 5 days, the positive person can leave isolation on two conditions:

– she performs an antigen or RT-PCR test and it is negative

– she has had no clinical signs of infection for 48 hours

If the test carried out is positive or if the person does not carry out a test, his isolation is maintained at 7 days. She does not carry out a second test on D7.

2- For positive people with an incomplete vaccination schedule (booster not carried out) and for non-vaccinated people

Isolation is 10 days (full) after the date of the onset of signs or the date of the collection of the positive test.

However, after 7 days, the positive person can leave isolation on two conditions:

– she performs an antigen or RT-PCR test and it is negative

– she has had no clinical signs of infection for 48 hours

If the test is positive or if the person does not perform a test, the isolation is 10 days.

What are the new quarantine rules for contact cases?

The quarantine rules for contact cases are the same whether you are a contact case of a positive person who lives in the same household or not.

1- For contact cases with a complete vaccination schedule (recall carried out in accordance with the requirements of the health pass)

There is no longer quarantine, however contact persons must strictly apply barrier measures, and in particular the wearing of masks indoors and outdoors, limit their contact, avoid contact with people at risk of severe form. of Covid, and telework as much as possible.

In addition, people with contact cases must carry out a TAG or RT-PCR test as soon as they learn that they are contact cases, then carry out self-tests on D2 and D4 after the last contact with the positive person.

In the event of a positive self-test, the result should be confirmed by a TAG or an RT-PCR test. If the test is positive, the person becomes a case and starts isolation.

2- For contact case persons with an incomplete vaccination schedule and for non-vaccinated contact case persons

These people must respect an isolation period of 7 (full) days from the date of the last contact.

To get out of quarantine, these people must perform an antigen or RT-PCR test and have a negative result.

If the test is positive, the person becomes a case and starts isolation.

3- For children under 12 years old

For children under the age of 12 in contact cases, in the school environment, the national education protocol applies. This translates into carrying out a TAG or RT-PCR test for all students in the class as soon as a case appears in the class, and returning to class on presentation of the negative result.

In addition, students carry out self-tests on D2 and D4. Parents must present a sworn statement that these tests have been carried out and their negative result on D2 and D4 to allow the student to remain in class.

The self-tests whose performance is provided for in the screening scheme for contact persons (for people with a complete vaccination scheme and children under 12) will be covered by the Health Insurance and delivered free of charge in pharmacies after performing the test on D0.

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