Ciccozzi, director of the Medical Statistics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit of the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome: “An isolation of less than 5 days is a risk even for those who are vaccinated and positive”
ROME. A document addressed to the CTS will be sent tomorrow by the Regions containing a series of requests on the management of self-isolation, in which the quarantine is requested for people who have vaccination coverage, in particular those with a third dose carried out. The desired changes – according to what is learned from sources who drafted the document – are necessary in light of a disruption of the contact tracing system, which has been skipped in various territories, which makes it necessary to overcome the current quarantine rules.
This hypothetical decision worries and not a little Massimo Ciccozzi, director of the Medical Statistics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit of the Campus Bio-medico in Rome, interviewed by Ansa: “A quarantine that includes less than 5 days of isolation is a risk even for those who he is vaccinated with two or three doses and is positive for the Sars-CoV2 virus. The data tell us the reason: the Omicron variant has an incubation of 2-3 days and transmission occurs in the two days before the symptoms and in the following 2-3 days ».
The director points out that: «The Omicron variant has a contagiousness like that of measles, therefore very high even those who have made the vaccine are obviously contagious, so in the days of quarantine they should keep the Ffp2 mask even at home if there are family members. And, if the CTS that meets tomorrow were to shorten the quarantine for the vaccinated from the current seven to five days, in any case before letting people out of their home, albeit with a mask, I would indicate a swab to check the negativization “.
“Decreasing the quarantine period for those who have received the inoculations makes sense – this is the conclusion – especially if we think of services such as hospitals where the absences of doctors, nurses and other health workers in isolation because they are positive, have a significant impact on the health system . But we must maintain the principle of maximum caution to avoid that in a few weeks the spread of Omicron is such as to overturn the current situation “”