COVID: People might still be infectious after 10-day quarantine period

COVID: People might still be infectious after 10-day quarantine period

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Bahrain
  • Date: 15-Jan-2022
  • Source: Gulf Insider
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Country: Bahrain
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COVID: People might still be infectious after 10-day quarantine period

A new study has found that one in 10 people might have clinically relevant levels of potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2 past the 10 day quarantine period.

The study found that 13 per cent of people still exhibited clinically-relevant levels of virus after 10 days, meaning they could potentially still be infectious. Some people retained these levels for up to 68 days. The authors believe this new test should be applied in settings where people are vulnerable, to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Conventional PCR tests work by testing for the presence of viral fragments. While they can tell if someone has recently had the virus, they cannot detect whether it is still active, and the person is infectious. The test used in the latest study however gives a positive result only when the virus is active and potentially capable of onward transmission.

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