Covid today: rules, quarantine, isolation. Here’s what to do

Let’s see what to do if you contract Covid now that the pandemic is over and the virus is endemic

Lucia Resta

It still happens that you see someone walking around with it mask or who buys the swab to the pharmacy to carry out the test that reveals if you are positive for Covid or not. The doubt may therefore arise that, with the arrival of the cold season, there may be some limitation or obligation to prevent the virus from spreading, but this is absolutely not the case. The SARS-CoV-2 virus with its numerous variations it is now edematousthis means that it is considered the same as any influence and therefore there are no longer ad hoc rules for those who contract it and show symptoms of the disease it causes, the COVID-19. Let’s see then how to behave if you test positive for Covid today and in situations where, during the pandemic phase, there were particular restrictions and obligations, such as the use of a mask.

Do those with Covid have to be in isolation today?

Now there is no longer any obligation to isolate and quarantine, so even those who test positive for Covid can leave the house. However, just like the flu and other contagious viruses, it is recommended to stay at home and pay attention especially in case it has to do with fragile people. You can therefore take time off work, ask to be put on sick leave and the doctor could also carry out the swab. In this case the result is communicated to the local health authority. However, it is not mandatory to stay at home: if despite the positivity you feel well, you can also go to work, there are no obligations, just recommendations to also respect other people and be careful not to infect them.

Can Covid positive children go to school?

Even in the case of children and young people who go to school there is no longer the obligation to isolate if they are positive for Covid, but there is still the recommendation to stay at home, just like when you catch the flu or a ‘another contagious disease. And so a matter of common sense so as not to infect other children too. It is likely that sending a positive child to school, especially if the symptoms are evident, could cause discontent among other parents.

When do you use a mask today?

The only case in which the mask is mandatory is if you enter an Rsa or certain hospital departments considered at risk because they host frail or elderly people. In all other cases there is no longer any obligation to wear a mask, not even if you are positive, not even on means of transport. Also in this case we are only talking about a recommendation to use it for the good of others and also for one’s own good, especially for those who are fragile people, considered more at risk.

Is the anti-Covid vaccine mandatory today?

Even as regards vaccination, it is now no longer mandatory, but only recommended for those considered fragile and for those over 60, exactly as happens with the anti-flu vaccine. The vaccine is also recommended for pregnant women and healthcare workers. This year participation in the vaccination campaign was very lowespecially in the South. From six million administrations last year, we have gone to less than 900 thousand vaccinated this year.

When to get tested for Covid?

Today there is no longer any need to take a swab unless you go to emergency room or you have to be admitted to hospital and they have it symptoms flu. However, if the symptoms do not appear, there is no need to take a swab test. As already mentioned above, the doctor can decide to subject a sick patient to the swab and communicate the result to the local health authority. Everyone is free to take a swab at home or in the pharmacy, but in this case the result will not be communicated. In recent weeks, Covid-19 infections have increased by 30%, however this percentage could be much higher, precisely because there is less control through swabs.

Freedom and common sense

So almost all of the anti-Covid restrictions have fallen and we’re back to normal free pre-pandemichowever it always is common sense is recommended and therefore stay at home if you are sick, with symptoms and therefore contagious, use a mask if you really have to go out and are positive or if you do not have Covid, but are among the fragile subjects. Parents must behave with their Covid-positive children as if they had any other virus and therefore keep them at home when they have obvious symptoms and are more contagious.