Wednesday, December 6

Ómicron: When does a person with COVID-19 stop being contagious?

Omicron In recent months, it has become the central stage of the pandemic due to its high degree of transmission. Although much has been reported about its symptoms, there are those who do not know when a person stops being contagious infected with COVID-19.

according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 58.5 percent of positive cases globally are due to this variant and the symptoms could last up to 5 days.

But, how long does omicron last inside an organism and until what day does it cease to be contagious?

According to data from the UK Health Security Agency, two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious at fifth day. Something that has changed with this variant is the incubation time of the virus, that is, the time that passes from when a person is exposed to COVID-19 until symptoms appear. first symptoms.

Studies even revealed that the first variants of the coronavirus lasted between five and six days inside an organism. In the case of delta It was for four days and omicron between two and three days.

In this regard, the United Kingdom agency explained that with omicron infected people can spread one or two days before symptoms and up to two or three days later. In addition, the viral load is high from the third to the fifth day and their symptoms disappear between the sixth and tenth day.

For this reason, it is most recommended that the infected patient undergo a test before the end of the isolation period to verify that they are not positive and, therefore, not contagious. It is important to remember that vaccinated people are less likely to be hospitalized or that there is a risk of death.

United States and United Kingdom They were the countries that have reduced the isolation period to five days after learning that ómicron is more contagious, but less lethal.