During today’s session, and after a working meeting held between the Minister of Health, Lic. Natividad Nassif, the Undersecretary, Dr. César Monti, Dr. Martha Tarchini, Director of Primary Health Care, and Mr. Ramiro Banco, director of Community Health, and virtually, with Dr. Graciela Alzogaray, director of interior health, Dr. Florencia Coronel, from the Technical Secretariat of Epidemiology, and Dr. Marcelo Ovejero, director of the Center for Molecular and Metabolic Analysis, announced that as of Monday, January 3 of this year, they are in force, new conditions and days of isolation for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and close contacts, for the entire provincial territory; depending on whether or not they have their vaccination schedule against COVID-19.
One year after the start of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health of the Nation, together with representatives of the different provincial health portfolios, agreed in the last Federal Health Council (COFESA) of 2021, new recommendations on isolation conditions for confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts, depending on whether they are vaccinated or not.
Since the appearance of the Omicron variant, there has been a continuous decline in the Delta variant, predominant in our jurisdictions, together with a progressive increase in the circulation of the Omicron variant, probably responsible for the explosive increase in cases at the country level and in our province. .
Current evidence shows that Omicron has a doubling time of 2-3 days, which makes it more transmittable. Currently, the Omicron variant is associated with infections in people with complete vaccination schedules but with mild and short-lived symptoms. These criteria have been taken into account for the elaboration of the new isolation scheme in confirmed cases and close contacts, according to the vaccination scheme presented by the person.
ISOLATION CONDITIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH COMPLETE SCHEME.
It is considered a complete vaccination scheme against COVID-19, to people who received 2 doses, except; Cansino vaccine (single dose); people over 50 years vaccinated with Sinopharm and people over 18 years of age, who are 5 months after the last dose of this vaccine; in both situations they should have an additional 3rd dose.
That is why, both people with confirmed COVID-19 (by PCR or positive / detectable Antigen Test) and people who are close contact because they are cohabiting, and have their complete vaccination scheme, must perform an isolation for 7 days, from the date of the positive result.
While close contacts, not living together, asymptomatic, and with a complete vaccination scheme, they must remain in isolation for 5 days.
ISOLATION CONDITIONS FOR UNVACCINATED PERSONS OR WITH INCOMPLETE SCHEME
Those who are a confirmed case (by PCR or positive / detectable antigen test), without vaccination schedule or incomplete schedule, must do 10 days of isolation from the date of the positive result. Similarly, 10 days of isolation are established for close contacts, without vaccination schedule or incomplete schedule.
Close contact is considered to be any person who was without adequate personal protection measures within 2 meters of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more or during the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, and while the case presented symptoms . For example: partners, visitors, coworkers.
The 10 days of isolation for close contacts, without vaccination schedule or incomplete schedule, are considered from the positive test result of the infected person.
On the other hand, it is recommended to continue with special care; avoid attending events defined as higher risk (mass events, social gatherings, etc.). Permanently use the chinstrap properly (well adjusted, covering the nose, mouth and chin) in closed or open environments where there are other people; maintain social distance, ventilate the environments continuously and wash hands frequently.
Remember: that the symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of 37.5 ° C or more, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea and / or vomiting, nasal congestion, sudden loss of taste or smell.
During sanitary isolation, people cannot leave their home or receive visits and must comply with the prevention measures indicated by the health authorities, through current protocols.