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Covid-19: end of systematic isolation for people who test positive


From February 1, the government is easing the measures to fight against Covid-19, pointing to a "favorable epidemic context".

It is a significant change.

From February 1, systematic isolation for people who test positive for Covid-19 will no longer be required.

Until now, they were required to self-isolate for at least 5 days.

Asymptomatic contact cases will also no longer have to carry out a screening test on the second day of notification of their status.

In taking these measures, the government is following the recommendations of the High Council for Public Health (HCSP).

In a press release, the Directorate General of Health indicates that it has opted for these developments because of “

a very low viral circulation in metropolitan France and overseas


They fit “

in the continuity of similar strategies observed in all European countries


The number of contaminations has indeed dropped in one month, from more than 20,000 to less than 5,000 per day on average, according to the Covid Tracker site.

Respect barrier gestures

On the other hand, as with any illness with an acute respiratory infection, it remains strongly recommended that people who test positive for Covid-19, as well as people who have been exposed to a contagious person and likely to develop the disease, respect barrier gestures. , to be tested and to avoid contact with fragile people

, ”continues the DGS.

Another change, the use of the SI-DEP system, which makes it possible to record the results of screening tests, “

will be conditioned on the prior collection of the consent of the persons concerned to the sharing of their personal data


The platform is maintained until June 30, 2023.

Finally, the follow-up of "

contact cases

", via the "

Covid contact

" teleservice managed by Health Insurance, will cease definitively from Wednesday February 1, even if its workforce had already been greatly reduced, from 6,500 full-time equivalents in 2021 to 350 in September according to the Court of Auditors.

This service allowed the identification and management of people who tested positive for Covid-19 and contact cases.

This leads to the suspension of the possibilities of tracing by the Health Insurance which made it possible to search for contact cases in the entourage of people with Covid-19.

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The end of the teleservice also implies de facto “

the end of the derogatory system for taking charge of sick leave linked to Covid-19

”, is it indicated in the press release from the DGS.

Created at the start of the health crisis in 2020 "in

order to limit the spread of the epidemic

", this system allowed people who tested positive to access a work stoppage without a waiting day.

Source: lefigaro

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