The mandatory self-isolation interval for people with symptoms of Covid-19 has been extended from 1 week to ten times with immediate impact, the UK’s main medical officers have declared.

Until today those with symptoms of the virus — a higher temperature, a continuous cough, or reduction of taste or smell — have been advised to quarantine themselves at home for seven days.

Under the new guidance, that interval increases by three days following a new look at the most recent scientific evidence.

HuffPost UK understands there has been no specific shift in signs that triggered the shift, but the medical officers decided to act today while incidence was low and want to prepare the country for another spike in the fall or winter.

All of four medical officers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales believed that they had to be “ultra attentive ” given that the “low however concrete possibility” that patients are infectious between seven and seven days after the start of the illness.

Individuals without symptoms but that test positive for the virus must also self-isolate themselves for 10 days.

The guidance from the NHS says that people have to self-isolate for 14 days if they live with, or are in a bubble with, somebody that has symptoms or has tested positive or they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

That two-week interval will remain unchanged.  

In a joint statement, the medical officers said: “Proof, though limited, has bolstered and reveals that people with COVID-19 that are moderately ill and are recovering have a low but real likelihood of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.

“We’ve considered the way to target interventions to decrease risk to the general populace and believe that at this point in the epidemic, with rapid and widespread testing available and considering the comfort of different measures, it’s now the proper balance of danger to extend the self-isolation interval from 7 to 10 times for those from the area that have symptoms or a positive test outcome.

&ldquothis is going to help provide additional protection to others locally. This is especially important to safeguard those who have been protecting and ahead of the fall and winter months once we may see increased community transmission. ”

The statement was agreed by Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty and his counterparts Dr Michael McBride in Northern Ireland, Dr Gregor Smith in Scotland and Dr Frank Atherton in Wales.

The advice change relates to cases in the community instead of in hospital or care homes, where patients may have suppressed immunity.

The mandatory self-isolation interval for people with symptoms of Covid-19 has been extended from 1 week to ten times with immediate impact, the UK’s main medical officers have declared.

Until today those with symptoms of the virus — a higher temperature, a continuous cough, or loss of taste or smell — have been advised to quarantine themselves at home for seven days.

Under the new guidance, that interval increases by three times following a new look at the most recent scientific evidence.

HuffPost UK understands there has been no specific shift in signs that triggered the shift, but the medical officers decided to act today while incidence was low and want to prepare the country for another spike in the fall or winter.

All of four medical officers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales believed that they had to be “ultra careful ” given that the “low however concrete possibility” that patients are infectious between seven and seven days after the start of the illness.

The guidance from the NHS says that people have to self-isolate for 14 days if they live together, or are in a bubble , somebody who has symptoms or has tested positive or they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

That two-week interval will remain unchanged.  

In a joint statement, the medical officers said: “Proof, though limited, has bolstered and shows that people with COVID-19 that are moderately ill and are regaining have a low but real likelihood of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.

“We’ve considered how best to target interventions to decrease risk to the general populace and believe that at this point in the epidemic, with rapid and widespread testing available and considering the comfort of different measures, it’s now the proper balance of danger to extend the self-isolation interval from 7 to 10 times for those from the area that have symptoms or a positive test outcome.

&ldquothis is going to help provide additional protection to others locally. This is especially important to safeguard those who have been protecting and ahead of the fall and winter months once we may see increased community transmission. ”

The statement was agreed by Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty and his counterparts Dr Michael McBride in Northern Ireland, Dr Gregor Smith in Scotland and Dr Frank Atherton in Wales.

The advice change relates to cases in the community instead of in hospital or care homes, where patients may have suppressed immunity.

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