Fernando Simón

Health studies reducing the quarantine for Covid-19 to 10 days

Rule out, yes, that it is going to be reduced to 5 or 7 days as Germany has proposed

The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, has acknowledged that the Spanish health authorities are studying the possibility of reducing the quarantine period for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 days. In turn, he has ruled out that, for now, it will be reduced to 5 or 7 days as proposed by Germany.

Simón recalled that currently in Spain it is not necessary to keep 14 days of quarantine if certain conditions are met, such as, for example, negative in a PCR test at 10 days.

“The possibility of leaving the quarantine for 10 days is being debated, although I think that reducing it to five or seven days is going to take longer,” said Simón, to remember that more and more European countries are studying the possibility of reducing periods of isolation.

That said, the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies has commented, as did the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, that by the end of the year they could already be available the first doses of the vaccine from the University of Oxford (UK) and AstraZeneca.

In this sense, Simón recalled that he is considering vaccinating first the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or people with previous risk pathologies, and those who work in essential services such as health professionals.

On the other hand, in reference to hospital pressure, Simón has indicated that it remains at a general level at seven percent, although he has recognized that there are autonomous communities in which the burden is higher and, even, between hospitals of the same region. In these cases, he has advocated analyzing measures to reduce healthcare pressure, such as referring patients or increasing the number of hospital beds.

Finally, and regarding the rapid coronavirus detection tests, Simón has warned that their interpretation changes according to the incidence of disease in the area where the person has been exposed to the virus: “The interpretation of these tests, As long as they are not 100% sensitive, it is not easy. “

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