In the middle of the outbreak of the infections of the sixth wave, the regional presidents will meet this Wednesday with the Ministry of Health in the Interterritorial Council. Although it is not on the agenda, it is foreseeable that the possibility of following the example of the United Kingdom or the United States will be raised as a proposal, which have reduced the isolation time for those infected.
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended last Monday to cut the quarantine period from ten to five days for those infected with COVID-19 without symptoms or those without fever whose symptoms resolve after this time.
In a statement, the CDC explains that the change is motivated by the scientific demonstration that most infections occur at the beginning of the disease, on the first and second days of symptoms and two or three days later.
Therefore, people who test positive should be isolated for five days and, after that period, if they do not have symptoms, continue with a mask for another five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
This thesis is supported by various regional officials, both from PP and PSOE communities, who intend to raise the debate in the Interterritorial Council. In the last meeting with Health, the decision was made that close contacts of those infected should not have to quarantine even if they were infected with omicron, changing the first Health criterion that distinguished those infected with the new variant, which should be kept in isolation. .
The Deputy Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, considered this Tuesday “reasonable” a reduction of the quarantine from ten to five days for asymptomatic COVID-19 positives or with mild symptoms. In addition, it has reiterated that this wave is different from the previous ones, which will require adapting the measures that have been applied so far.
“Vaccinated, prevented and with other hospital data, the Covid must begin to be treated” in another way, “endorsed the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.” The panorama of decisions in the pandemic and those provided by this variant they are different due to the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of omicron, “he said.
However, Zapatero clarified that Madrid did not plan to raise this matter in the meeting with the minister, as other regional officials confirmed to elDiario.es.
The Andalusian Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, also was in favor of reducing quarantines in close contacts without symptoms. Aguirre explained at a press conference after the Andalusian Government Council that the omicron variant causes more infections, but with less clinical incidence “.
What is being analyzed is whether, for example, it is necessary for a close contact without symptoms to be quarantined for ten days, if all contacts need to be PCR or tested, or if the traceability of cases should remain only in those not vaccinated or who have symptoms, he has detailed.
A subject of the Public Health Commission
According to Aguirre, these issues have already been discussed with the Ministry of Health, which has not ruled on this issue. Government spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez simply referred to the Interterritorial Council this week and explained that experts will be heard before making a decision.
The point is that a change in health policy like this must first pass through the Public Health Commission, which brings together Health technicians from the Ministry of the branch and the autonomous communities. Ministry of Health. A committee meeting is not scheduled for the next few days.
Although he has publicly defended the change, the Madrid deputy councilor has clarified that this measure has to be first analyzed by the European Medicines Agency and then studied by the Public Health Commission, which brings together the health technicians of the Ministry of the branch and the autonomous communities. A committee meeting is not scheduled for the next few days.
The Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, has confirmed that the issue is not “expressly reflected” on the agenda, informs Iker Rioja. “The forum is that of public health and from there come the proposals for adaptation in the strategy so that the council can later agree. At this moment there is no news, we have seen it in scientific papers but I do not know if there is enough evidence,” he said. Sagardui explained. “If the criterion were that, we would apply it as we have always done, following scientific guidelines,” he has settled.