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Covid, quarantine and isolation: the new rules

A swab carried out in one of the hubs born in recent months

The government has recently revised the rules relating to isolation and quarantine. Passepartout terms to orient yourself in the daily growing of cases from Covid-19. But who should undergo these restrictive measures? And under what conditions? Here are the rules that must follow those who have come into contact with a positive Sars-Cov-2 or been infected with the virus.


How should someone who has had contact with a positive behave?

It depends on the vaccination status and the type of contact. As described by the decree-law of 30 December 2021, n. 229, there are new rules on quarantine that concern close contacts of positives, i.e. people living together, people who have had direct physical contact or have remained in the same room at a distance of less than 2 meters and for at least 15 minutes, a person climbed on a means of transport two places away from a positive, the personnel of that vehicle and health workers who have come into contact with an infected person.

What quarantine rules should an unvaccinated person who comes into contact with a positive follow?

Unvaccinated, single-dose vaccinated, and two-dose vaccinated for less than 14 days should be in solitary confinement for 10 days from the time of contact. On the tenth day they have to carry out a control swab.

To close contacts who have completed their primary vaccination cycle for more than 120 days and still have a valid reinforced green pass?

If asymptomatic, a quarantine with a duration of 5 days is applied with the obligation of a negative molecular or antigen test on the fifth day.

Healed or vaccinated for less than 4 months and those who have already received the booster but have come in contact with a positive must be in quarantine?

No, they don’t have to be quarantined, they can get out. But in the five days following close contact with a positive they have to carry out self-surveillance.

What is self-surveillance?

Self-surveillance consists of monitoring one’s health by close positive contact. Such a person will be able to leave the house, verifying that he has not developed symptoms from Covid, and taking some precautions, for example wearing the Ffp2 mask. If during the 5 days of self-monitoring you have symptoms, you will have to undergo a test (molecular or rapid antigenic) on the eleventh day after contact with the positive.

What should a person who has tested positive do?

A person with Covid-19 must undergo home isolation. He must remain in his home and have no social contacts in order to prevent the spread of the infection, during the period of transmissibility.

How long does the isolation last?

It depends on the presence of symptoms and the vaccination status of the person who tested positive on a molecular or rapid test. It lasts 7 days for asymptomatic people who have already received the booster dose, for those who have completed the first two doses for less than 4 months and for those who have recovered no more than 120 days from Covid. On the other hand, it lasts 10 days for asymptomatic non-vaccinated people and for those who have carried out the first two doses for more than 4 months. For all symptomatic patients, vaccinated or not, the isolation lasts ten days.

When can you get out of isolation?

The isolation period can end when the swab – molecular or rapid carried out in the pharmacy – has a negative result. At that point you can go back to normal life.

What types of pads are valid to close the insulation?

From 10 January it is no longer mandatory to take a molecular test through the Ausl. Just a quick swab made at the pharmacy. Only people who have no symptoms attributable to Covid (fever, sore throat, cough, loss of taste or smell) for at least 3 days and who have completed the 10-day isolation period (therefore from the eleventh day) can undergo this rapid test can swab).

What do you have to show up with at the pharmacy?

A report of the first swab with a positive result or the letter of initiation of isolation sent by the Ausl via e-mail and a valid identification document are sufficient.

How much does the tampon cost?

For those who present the certificate of positivity or the letter of commencement of isolation, the cost of the tampon will be borne by the National Health Service. Otherwise, the citizen himself to bear the expense. A quick swab can cost a maximum of 15 euros.

What if the control swab fails?

In this case, the pharmacy prints a quarantine closure report. The Green Pass will be automatically unlocked within 48 hours. During that time, the person can leave the house. In case of controls, the negative result of the control swab will act as a green certification and he will only have to show that to the authorities.

If it continues to be positive?

The person must remain in isolation. In the meantime, you can reserve the next buffer after 7 days.

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January 14, 2022 (change January 14, 2022 | 16:48)

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