According to Olivier Véran, contact cases, people infected with Covid-19 and people awaiting results will soon have to respect isolation shortened to seven days, instead of fourteen days currently. Why, and is it more dangerous?
As part of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Véran confirmed this morning on France Inter that contact cases, people infected with Covid-19 and people awaiting results will soon have to respect seven days of isolation, instead of fourteen today. A decision that should be validated from September 11, during the national defense council. Why such a change in health strategy, and is it risky to isolate yourself for only a week?
The Covid-19 pandemic is evolving, so is scientific knowledge
We now know that people who test positive for Covid-19 and contact cases must remain confined to their homes in order to “break” the chain of transmission of the virus. If the 2019 coronavirus disease evolves, so does scientific knowledge about it. Information about this viral infection caused by the strain of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 keeps pouring in, and we now know more about its contagiousness. ” The Scientific Council gave me its conclusions on this question ”, said Olivier Véran this morning. ” He was in favor of reducing the sheltering period in a number of situations, from 14 to 7 days. ” The reason ? ” We are more contagious in the first 5 days, then contagiousness decreases significantly ” he explained to the microphone of France Inter.
Without throwing stones, Olivier Véran also explains that the fortnight was not well respected by the French. ” Fourteen days at home, when you went into confinement, we know it’s very complicated “ he expressed himself. By shortening the isolation periods to a single week, the government hopes for better support from the French. He obviously insists on the fact that this week of isolation must be ” absolutely respected ”, always with the aim of limiting the contagiousness of the virus.
The Minister of Solidarity and Health also explained that the data collected by the experts of the Scientific Council now make it possible to make this change safely. ” Beyond 10 days, we are less than 5% of contagious and slightly contagious people ” he explained. This does not mean that the pandemic is weakening, quite the contrary. “We are on a slope with a virus reproduction factor of around 1.2 […] This virus circulates, thousands of cases per day, it is a lot, and it is worrying ” he said, before adding that it is necessary ” that we spend more time to wear the mask than to go to court to have it banned ”.