Quebec reduces coronavirus self-isolation time down from 14 days

Aug 28 2020, 8:37 am

Quebec is lowering the mandated 14-day isolation period down to 10 days.

Citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19 can leave self-isolation after 10 days if they are not experiencing symptoms of coughing, loss of smell, and have had no fever for at least 48 hours.

Quebec’s director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda said the health ministry’s “evolution of knowledge” has allowed officials to shorten to the length of self-isolation.

Arruda says Quebecers must still ensure that “specific criteria are met” before ending self-isolation and even in the absence of the now-reduced quarantine, people must continuously wash their hands, practice physical distancing, and wear face masks in indoor public places.

Public health says the revised isolation time applies only to confirmed cases who are in isolation at home and whose symptoms are considered to be “mild or moderate.”

People who are hospitalized in intensive care are advised to self-isolate for 21 days or more.

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