Cheshire news Ten-day quarantine rule for COVID contacts could be scrapped PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - At present, anyone who comes into contact with a positive COVID-19 case must remain at home

Cheshire news Ten-day quarantine rule for COVID contacts could be scrapped PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - At present, anyone who comes into contact with a positive COVID-19 case must remain at home

Cheshire news  Ten-day quarantine rule for COVID contacts could be scrapped PremierLeague-News.Com
02 May 2021 - 11:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A government trial could see a change made to self-isolation rules. If a new government trial proves successful, people who come into contact with someone with COVID-19 may not have to self-isolate. At present, anyone who comes into contact with a positive COVID-19 case must remain at home. However, under new plans, they will instead have to take a coronavirus test each day. According to StokeonTrentLive, a pilot scheme will see up to 40,000 people who've come into contact with someone with the virus given home testing kits. The government believes the changes mean that people who have had contacted with a person infected with the virus will not end up having to take time off work. It adds that the launch of the England-wide exercise builds on the research pilots taking place in businesses, hospitals and schools. Since December over 200 schools, 180 workplaces and over 800 individuals have participated in daily testing pilots, which have proved effective in reducing the need for people to self-isolate, while detecting cases of Covid-19 that would not have otherwise been found. Participants of pilots have been able to safely reduce the length of time spent in self-isolation upon receipt of a negative daily test result. Currently, anybody who has been notified through NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days. For those contacts without symptoms, the new study aims to find out if people can replace the need to self-isolate by taking a test every day instead. Close contacts of people with COVID-19 will be contacted by phone and sent 7 days’ worth of lateral flow tests (LFDs). The contacts are required to test themselves each morning for 7 days. People who test negative and develop no symptoms will be exempt from the legal duty to self-isolate that day and can leave their home to carry out essential activity. They will need to take another test the next morning to see if they need to self-isolate that day or continue to be exempt. Individuals will still have to adhere to current restrictions, including following the rules on hands, face and space, and only those formally enrolled in the research study will be exempt from usual legal duties. Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen at The Rudds Arms in Marton Middlesbrough as part of the mayoral election campaign.

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. At every stage of this global pandemic, the British public has stepped up and made huge sacrifices – including self-isolating when they "are asked. This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, and one that would allow people to carry on going to work and living their lives. "Alongside the phenomenal progress of our vaccination rollout – with over 48 million vaccines administered so far – rapid testing is allowing us to get back to doing the things we all love." The pilot study is to launch on May 9. It will offer people in England who are identified as a close contact of a positive case the opportunity to take part in the study, providing they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, are above the age of 18 and are not in full-time education. The aim of the study is to compare two approaches to routine testing of contacts in order to determine the potential for onward transmission. The study will take the form of two randomly split groups, one of which will be given one PCR test and asked to self-isolate for the full 10-day period. The second group of participants will be given two PCR tests and 7 LFDs to test daily. Ahead of the formal launch, the study is starting to collect evidence now on the effectiveness of daily contact testing while there is still prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. Professor Isabel Oliver, National Infection Service Director at Public Health England and study lead, said: "We know that isolating when you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is challenging but it remains vitally important to stop the spread of infection. This study will help to determine whether we can deploy daily testing for contacts to potentially reduce the need for self-isolation, while still ensuring that chains of transmission are stopped. "Contacts of cases are at higher risk of infection so testing them is a very effective way of preventing further spread. This study will play an important part of our evaluation of daily contact testing and how the approach to testing might evolve. "With around 1 in 3 people not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, using regular testing, along with vaccines and social-distancing, are helping us keep infection rates low as restrictions are eased. Everyone in England is now able to access free, rapid, twice-weekly testing using LFDs. Since rapid testing was introduced, 145,765 positive cases of COVID-19 have been detected that would not have otherwise been found." Top stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Here are the latest stories from the CheshireLive newsletter "I miss her so much" - Dad's heartbreaking tribute to daughter Teen gamer becomes YouTube hit with more than two billion views The most expensive Cheshire streets and postcodes Naturist swimming club on how it hopes to survive the pandemic Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It's free and means you'll never miss the most important Cheshire news of the day You can sign up here Not signed up but want to try it out? You can read a preview of today's newsletter here

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