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Variant virus | All-seat quarantine provokes complaints and experts advocate that the whole family can complete vaccination and can be quarantined

2021-05-08T15:49:24.735Z

According to news, the government will announce that people who have completed the vaccination can shorten the quarantine period. Details are expected to be announced at a press conference today (7th). Many citizens are concerned that people living in the same building as the mutant virus patient can



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Written by: Zheng Cuibi

2021-05-07 14:25

Last update date: 2021-05-07 14:25

According to news, the government will announce that people who have completed the vaccination can shorten the quarantine period. Details are expected to be announced at a press conference today (7th).

Many citizens are concerned about whether people living in the same building as the mutant virus patient can benefit by shortening the quarantine period or switching to home quarantine.

Some experts pointed out that it is not scientific to simply reduce the number of quarantine days for individual vaccinated persons because the vaccine cannot shorten the incubation period of the virus. However, if someone completes the vaccination in the whole family, the family risk is relatively small, and the spread within the family will also Reduce, this kind of people should be able to switch to quarantine at home.

As for close contacts of patients and people coming to Hong Kong from high-risk areas, the quarantine period should not be shortened.

▼At nearly midnight on May 5th, residents of Block N2 of Kornhill were evacuated for quarantine▼

At present, there are three types of people in Hong Kong who need to be quarantined. Close contacts of patients need to be quarantined for 14 days; people returning from overseas need to be quarantined for 21 days; people living in the same building as a variant virus patient also need to be quarantined for 21 days.

It is understood that the government will announce that people who have completed the vaccination (two shots and another 14 days later) will receive a shorter quarantine period.

Liang Zichao, a respiratory specialist, said that the quarantine period was originally set because the virus has an incubation period. There is no scientific evidence to prove that the vaccine can shorten the incubation period of the virus. He said that there is no reason to change the number of quarantine days arbitrarily. "No one wants to quarantine, but The virus is so difficult to deal with. If the quarantine period is shortened, the community will be exposed to unnecessary and avoidable risks. Someone can be held responsible?" He said frankly that Hong Kong now hopes to "zero out" even if one case is missed. It may cause an outbreak. This time a case of a variant virus has entered the community and thousands of people need to be quarantined. The impact on people's livelihood, economy, and human lives is huge. Therefore, no measures should be introduced to cause risks.

Liang Zichao believes that the original quarantine period was because the virus had an incubation period. There is no scientific evidence to prove that the vaccine can shorten the incubation period of the virus. There is no reason to change the number of quarantine days arbitrarily.

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Liang Zichao believes that close contacts of patients and people coming to Hong Kong from high-risk areas should not shorten the quarantine period even if they have completed vaccination. If there are overseas areas with similar risks to Hong Kong, they can be exempted through the "travel bubble" quarantine.

As for the residents living in the same building as the mutant virus patient, he believes that if people who are not on the same floor and in the same seat, they are conditionally changed to home quarantine, but the premise is that all members of the household have completed the vaccination. He explained that the method is because of this. The family risk is relatively small, and the spread within the family will also be reduced. As long as the encryption detection, it can be guaranteed to the community.

If some members are not suitable for injections, he admitted that this measure may not be applied to these families.

Lin Weixun said that although vaccines cannot shorten the incubation period of the virus, people who have been vaccinated have a lower overall risk of infection than people who have not been vaccinated. Therefore, it is reasonable to shorten the quarantine period.

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Infection and infectious diseases specialist Lin Weixun said that although vaccines cannot shorten the incubation period of the virus, people who have been vaccinated have a lower overall risk of infection than people who have not been vaccinated, so shortening the quarantine period is also possible. It is justified.

However, he also agrees that close contacts of patients and people coming to Hong Kong from high-risk areas should not shorten the quarantine period.

As for the residents living in the same building as the patients with the variant virus, he said that residents of the same floor would share elevators and garbage rooms, and they would have more contact, and that the same seat would also be at risk of vertical transmission to residents. Except for these two types of people, all other residents It should be possible to relax the quarantine period. He suggested that the quarantine period for those who have completed the vaccination should be changed to 14 days.

▼On the morning of May 5th, residents of Block R of Allway Gardens took a coach to the quarantine center▼

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