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Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 10:48 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Health & Wellness has allowed shorter isolation periods for persons testing positive for COVID-19 in accordance with the World Health Organization and other globally recommended practices.

With the less-sickening Omicron variant now more prevalent than its deadlier cousin Delta, the general isolation period is now 10 days, down from 14 for the general public, and seven days, down from ten, for healthcare workers and other essential workers, starting from the screening date on which the person tested positive.

This only applies to persons who are asymptomatic; have passed three consecutive days with no symptoms, or do not need to be on specific recovery medication, for example, fever medication.

The typical symptoms include body aches, fatigue, pain, and coughing.

The Ministry the shorter isolation period is to minimize essential time loss in those who are asymptomatic or experiencing a mild form of the disease. The public, specifically employers, managers, and supervisors, are advised that only a medical officer may determine isolation periods for individual positive cases.

Persons who test positive and continue to have moderate to severe symptoms after the newly implemented isolation period will need an extension of isolation time, to be determined by a medical officer. Individuals who may require additional tests for clearance can access rapid tests on days seven and 10 at no additional cost.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness continues to encourage persons to follow all preventive public health and social measures to reduce spread to those most at risk.

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