UK health chiefs say recommended Covid isolation is a day shorter in the US


All are moving to cut the number of days, as health officials clarified that the recommended quarantine period is shorter in the US than in the UK.

Boris Johnson has said he will “act according to science” on reducing the time period to five days, a measure that could help tackle staff absenteeism in the economy and public services.

The UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) has previously stated that the duration of isolation was effectively the same in both the UK and the US, but it has now updated a blog post on the subject to clarify the discrepancy regarding the starting point of isolation. has been done.

The UK health body acknowledged that the advice here is to isolate for at least six full days, with people in the US being asked to isolate for five full days.

But the agency said it believes it is “currently the optimal approach” to remain in isolation until people achieve two negative lateral flow results on days six and seven.

The prime minister is facing calls from lawmakers and business chiefs to follow suit in the UK to help reduce staff absenteeism in the economy and public services.

The isolation period has already been reduced from 10 days to seven, and on Monday Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said “if it is possible to go further we will do so”.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is among ministers keen on the economic benefits of reducing the period to five days, while Education Secretary Nadim Jahvi has suggested the move could help ease staffing problems. may help.

On Tuesday an educational leader said she would be in favor of reducing the isolation period in England to five days because schools are short of staff.

The UKHSA initially stated that the recommended minimum of six full days in the UK counted from the onset of symptoms, while in the US, a five-day isolation began from the day of testing positive, which could be several days after the first. Symptom.