WHO revises COVID-19 isolation period guidelines

WHO revises COVID-19 isolation period guidelines

New information based on scientific evidence became available that although viral shedding may continue to occur after one has recovered from the symptoms of COVID-19, the virus does not have the potential to replicate and therefore to be transmitted to susceptible individuals.
Various scientific studies showed that at about day eight to 10 after testing positive for COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals, the virus was no longer potent and, therefore, could not be transmitted even if the individuals continued shedding it.
For symptomatic cases and especially those with more severe disease, the virus may remain potent until such a time when the individual’s symptoms have resolved for a period of about three days.
It is on this basis that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the de-isolation period for COVID-19 patients as it has been proven safe to do so.