What are the new covid rules and what is the logic behind them?

The mild impact of the Omicron version of COVID-19 on infected people and hospitals has prompted the government to relax isolation and testing rules to allow more people to return to work and protect essential public services. Here’s a guide to what you need to know about the new rules in this regard.

What are the changes?

The government has agreed to loosen rules on COVID-19 testing, self-isolation guidance for those who test positive for the virus, and restrictions for those who are close contacts of Covid cases.

What is the biggest change?

The most significant difference is in close contacts of fully vaccinated who have received their vaccine booster and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. They will no longer have to restrict their activities for five days. Instead, they are being asked to wear a medical (usually blue) or high-grade face mask (usually the white FFP2/N95 variety) for 10 days when they are in crowded or enclosed spaces. and are asked to undergo regular antigen testing in seven days. Final exam on the seventh day. Close contacts who have not been boosted will have to restrict their movements for only seven days instead of the 10 previously recommended.

Close contacts of any age who have recovered after COVID-19 detected by PCR or antigen test since December 1, restricting movements or being asymptomatic, do not need to be tested.

What will be the impact of these specific changes?

The new arrangement is likely to affect thousands of people who are stuck at home and cannot go to work, ensuring – most importantly – that essential services can continue.

What’s up with the test?

Earlier, if people aged between four and 39 years with symptoms tested positive for COVID-19 on an antigen test, they had to undergo an official PCR test through HSE to confirm their infection. From now on, those who have a positive antigen test no longer need to go for the PCR test. They can enter their positive antigen test result and upload their close contacts to HSE’s system and the antigen test will then be sent to their close contacts.