Changes to COVID-19 quarantine, isolation and contact tracing (17 Feb 2022)

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, new knowledge regarding the nature of COVID-19 infection, greater appreciation of the costs associated with current practices, as well as rising vaccination rates and immunity to COVID-19 infection amongst South Africans, have necessitated substantial revision of recommendations regarding quarantine, isolation and contract tracing.

Isolation for Asymptomatic COVID infection

People with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection do not need to isolate. However they should be advised to:

  • Wear a mask whenever interacting with people, for the next 5 days from the date of the test
  • Avoid social gatherings (3 or more people) for 5 days from date of test
  • Avoid being with others socially in indoor spaces, for 5 days from date of test
  • Specifically avoid socially interacting with the elderly (>60 years) and anyone with co-morbidities (diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, uncontrolled HIV, immunocompromised), for 5 days from date of test.

Isolation for Mild Symptomatic COVID-19 infection

Those with symptomatic COVID infection who have mild disease (they do not require hospitalisation for COVID pnuemonia) should isolate for 7 days from the date of start of symptoms. There is no need for testing prior to de-isolation.

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