Wednesday, September 28

Italy joins the US and plans to reduce quarantine days

Correspondent in Rome



To avoid the paralysis of the country, with an undeclared confinement and serious repercussions on economic activities if essential services are stopped, Italy to reduce coronavirus quarantine days. The quarantine time, if a positive person is contacted, will be set between 3 and 5 days for those who have the third vaccination dose, in which case the hypothesis of eliminating the quarantine is even raised. The proposals, with various hypotheses, are already on the government table. Tomorrow he will make a decision, after analyzing them with the scientific technical committee that advises the government.

The government’s goal is to bypass blocking of essential services, which are having more and more difficulties.

Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the number of people who are forced to lock themselves up in a forced quarantine is growing rapidly, with serious labor and economic repercussions in some sectors.

Currently, there are an estimated 2.5 million people in quarantine. The Omicron variant It is already practically responsible for half of the new cases of Covid in Italy. Given the rise in infections, which could soon exceed 100,000 daily infections (yesterday there were 30,810 new cases and 142 deaths), there is a risk of “paralyzing” Italy, some experts say, with peaks that could affect 10 million of people in isolation. This is the hypothesis raised by the well-known infectious disease specialist at the San Martino Hospital in Genoa, Matteo Bassetti.

This is how the quarantine will work

To avoid this risk of paralysis, various regional presidents of northern Italy, including those of the Matteo Salvini League, have initiated strong pressure for the Draghi government to substantially reduce the duration of the quarantine for those who have received the third dose of the vaccine. In these cases, insulation could be fixed between 3 and 5 days for someone who comes into “close contact” with a positive. But it is also considered a highly probable hypothesis, according to various Italian media, that the quarantine is eliminated for those who have three doses of vaccine. If this hypothesis is confirmed, its objective would be twofold: to prevent the country from being blocked with millions of people in quarantine and to force people to become aware of the need and urgency of vaccination with the third dose. In practice, the aim is to increasingly isolate those against vaccination. In fact, voices are raised loudly calling for mandatory isolation only for anti-vaccines. In this regard, the Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, affirms that it is necessary to make a distinction between vaccinated and anti-vaccines, in view of the numbers of the vaccination campaign: «78% of citizens are vaccinated with two doses, around 10% have not received any, 30% have already received the third booster dose. The time has come to make a differentiation.

Currently, the quarantine for a vaccinated with two doses that comes into contact with a positive it is 7 days, and 10 days if the person is not vaccinated or has not completed the cycle of the two doses.

Close or close contact with a positive means, for example, a handshake or staying indoors without a mask with a person who later tested positive. These are very frequent situations, especially in schools, which is reflected in the great diffusion that Covid is having among children.

It remains to be determined when the new quarantine rule will come into effect, which is invoked from various sectors. The Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has always been sensitive to accepting, as in this case, the requests of regional presidents, businessmen and unions. “I agree with the revision of the quarantine rules. We must guarantee health security, but at the same time we must not blockade the country ”, said the president of the Conference of the Regions, Massimiliano Fedriga, president of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and member of the League. Similarly, the president of Veneto, Luca Zaia, also from the League, agrees: “It is reasonable to start reflecting on quarantine for those vaccinated.” Both Zaya and Fedriga and other regional presidents are in favor of eliminating, for those who have received the third dose of the vaccine, the currently mandatory isolation period when in contact with a positive person.

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