The Government evaluates reducing the isolation time due to COVID-19 for strategic personnel

The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, at a press conference at the end of the meeting of the Federal Health Council (Photo NA: Marcelo Capece)

The Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, revealed that it is evaluated further reduce the number of days of isolation Given the exponential outbreak of coronavirus that is registered throughout the country, a few days after the sanitary protocol was modified for asymptomatic vaccinated people and narrow cases.

In radio statements, the official admitted that “the biggest threat to the healthcare system“It is not that it is” saturated “with hospitalizations, but rather that”there are no doctors, doctors, nurses and therapists to provide an answer“To patients” because they are isolated “by the impact of the Omicron variant.

“We are constantly analyzing if necessary, and if possible, continue to decrease isolation in strategic personnel, always looking at the security and evidence generated by this measure, “said Vizzotti this Sunday in dialogue with CNN Radio. “With a very mild variant, a population vaccinated in a large percentage and its reinforcements, and a very low risk of intra-occupational transmission, the possibility (of reducing) is certain. This week we will continue to analyze it“Said the head of the Health portfolio.

On December 29, Minister Vizzotti announced a reduction in the days of isolation to be fulfilled by people infected with coronavirus and close contacts who have the complete vaccination scheme. The agreement with the provinces, within the framework of the Federal Health Council (Cofesa), involved lower insulation for tight contacts from 10 to 5 days of asymptomatic positive cases, provided they have the complete vaccination schedule, while those that are positive with mild symptoms should be sheltered for 7 days.

The measure also implied that people who are asymptomatic close contacts without being vaccinated or with an incomplete scheme, the isolation will be reduced to 7 days with a negative PCR test or, if the test is not available, the current 10 days will be maintained. , as well as for those who test positive and have not been vaccinated.

The latest modifications to the health protocol in relation to close contacts and positive cases with a complete vaccination schedule (Infographic: Marcelo Regalado)
The latest modifications to the health protocol in relation to close contacts and positive cases with a complete vaccination schedule (Infographic: Marcelo Regalado)

Vizzotti’s definitions for this Sunday project that isolation could be much further reduced for these groups that have a complete vaccination scheme. The minister clarified that this look It does not have to do with “a request from the employers”, with whom he met days ago; or for an “economic issue”; rather, the concern is put in “sustaining the activities”.

“We are in a different situation. You don’t have to do the same as in the previous waves ”, he defined. “Before we were concerned about hospitalizations, now it is to sustain activities due to isolation. This happens in public and private hospitals, shops, vaccination centers. We have been looking at it long before the meeting ”with the businessmen, said the official.

The problem of isolation is not of the private sector and it is not something that the private sector has asked of it “Vizzotti added in another report on Radio 10. And he insisted on “thinking different things from the previous ones because the situation is different”, and that “This includes the isolation time of vaccinated people and the actions of the private sector”.

On the other hand, the official stated that she hopes that “contagions start to go down faster”Since the omicron variant is“ different from the previous ones since it has a shorter incubation period ”. “Also vaccinated people transmit the virus for less time. These two factors -thanks to vaccination in Argentina- give us the expectation that in this wave, as it increased exponentially, the decline will be faster than in previous times ”.

“To think that until a month ago we were stimulating testing and now we are saying that no need for everyone to be tested“Insisted Vizzotti in another interview with Radio 10.

In addition, the Minister of Health stated that in this context “it makes no sense to apply the restrictions as in the previous waves“And assured that the current outbreak can last”until February“, Which implies that it will spread” less than the previous wave. ” The evidence that corroborates this hypothesis, he reported, is the province of Córdoba, which was the first district with the highest number of Ómicron cases but “where it has now stopped increasing exponentially.”

Regarding whether the current Ómicron outbreak can impact presence, Vizzotti was optimistic and stated that we must wait until “February for the situation to be clear and the outlook regarding whether this hypothesis of a firm downward trend” be obvious. “With the timely start of vaccination of boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11, they are really going to be very important pillars to advance in a careful presence,” he concluded.


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