Covid isolation: duration, vaccinated or not, contact case

A Covid-positive person must self-isolate. The duration of isolation is different depending on whether you are vaccinated or not. How many days ? 5 days ? 7 days ? Who is entitled to an isolation certificate? Should contact cases self-isolate? Here are the rules still in effect in September.

[Updated September 23, 2022 at 9:53 a.m.] In case of positive test to Covid and to avoid contaminating those around you, a isolation period must be respected. This isolation has been in effect in France since the first cases contaminated by the Sars-Cov-2 in 2020 until today. So in september , while the number of positive case increases slightly, isolation must always be respected in an attempt to prevent a recovery early in the epidemic. Reminder of isolation rules for Covid-positive cases, cas contacts and the children .

What are the isolation rules for Covid cases in September 2022?

The isolation in case of Covid-19 ne concerns only people who have tested positive. Since March 21, 2022, people case contacts vaccinated or not (over 12 years old) are no longer required to respect isolation.

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Covid isolation rules since March 2022

How long do we have to isolate ourselves if we have the Covid?

  • Vaccinated Covid-positive people must isolate themselves 7 days (full) after the date of the onset of signs or the date of the collection of the positive test . After 5 days, the positive person can be released from isolation if they have a antigen test negative and that she no longer has clinical signs of infection for 48 hours.
  • Unvaccinated Covid-positive people must self-isolate 10 days (full) after the date of the onset of signs or the date of the collection of the positive test. After 7 days, the positive person can be released from isolation if they have a negative antigen test and they have not had clinical signs of infection for 48 hours.

How long is the isolation if you are positive for Covid and vaccinated?

With a complete and up-to-date vaccination schedule and for children under 12: isolation is for a period of 7 days (full) from date of onset of symptoms or date of positive swab . However, has After 5 days, the positive person can come out of isolation on two conditions :

  • She performs an antigen test or RT-PCR and this one is negative
  • She has had no clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection for 48 hours.

If the test performed is positive or if the person does not carry out a test, their isolation is maintained at 7 days . She does not carry out a second test on D7.



How long is the isolation if you are Covid positive and not vaccinated?

With an incomplete vaccination schedule or for unvaccinated persons: isolation is 10 days (full) from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the collection of the positive test.

However, after 7 days, the positive person can be released from isolation at two conditions :

  • She performs an antigen or RT-PCR test and it is negative
  • She has had no clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection for 48 hours.

If the test is positive or if the person does not carry out a test, their isolation is maintained at 10 days. Respect for barrier gestures (wearing a mask and hygiene measures) must be respected for 7 days following the release of the positive case from isolation.

What is the duration of isolation if we have already had the Covid?

L' Health Insurance indicates that if you have ever had Covid-19 less than 2 months ago , you do not have to self-isolate, unless you have symptoms and your GP considers it to be a new infection . In this case, if you need a work stoppage to isolate yourself, you can contact the contact tracing teams with a certificate from your doctor. This stoppage will be compensated without a waiting day and with an employer supplement. If your state of health is not stabilized at the end of your isolation, your attending physician may extend your stay.

Should we isolate ourselves if we are in contact?

Since  21 mars 2022 , and in accordance with the opinion of the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) of February 11, 2022, contact persons at risk (contact cases), regardless of their vaccination status, are no longer required to respect isolation , indicate a decree of the General Directorate of Health of March 15, 2022 . However, they should still:

  • Achieve a Covid screening test (antigen, PCR or self-test) on D+2 of the notification du contact status.
  • Limit their contact, especially with fragile people.
  • Avoid contact with people at risk of severe form.
  • Telework as much as possible.
  • Wear a masque for 7 days following the risky contact.

A positive antigen test or self-test result must necessarily be confirmed by a test RT-PCR

What is the isolation rule for a Covid positive child?

For children under 12 positive for Covid, isolation is one 7 day duration (full) after the date of the onset of signs or the date of the collection of the positive test. However, after 5 days, the child can be released from isolation under two conditions:

  • if he performs an antigen test and it is negative
  • if he no longer has clinical signs of infection for 48 hours

If the test carried out is positive or if the child does not carry out a test, his isolation is maintained at 7 days. The does not carry out a second test on D7 . (J stands for: the day you find out you are in contact)

How do I obtain an attestation (or certificate) of isolation?

Positive cases that need to be isolated may benefit from a certificate of isolation or ' stay-at-home statement 'if they need a work stoppage and cannot telecommute. To simplify their procedures, the Health Insurance has opened since October 3, 2020 the teleservice declare.ameli.fr . Before paying your daily allowances, Health Insurance will verify that you are identified as a positive case.

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Source journaldesfemmes.fr