The 7th wave of Covid-19 is fueled by the circulation of new variants. How long should I stay isolated in case of infection? What is the incubation period of the virus? A few answers.
[Mis à jour le 20 juillet 2022 à 12h25] The 7th wave of Covid-19 does not spare France, with thousands of contaminations recorded every day. On July 14, Public Health France made an unsatisfactory inventory: according to its epidemiological point, the incidence rate increased in France from 1,144 cases to 1,343 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, an increase of 17%. . Above all, it is the rising curve of new hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 that worries, with an increase of 19% in one week. As for admissions to critical care services, they are up 22%. This epidemic rebound threatens departures on vacation, everyone fearing having to submit to isolation because of Omicron.
But Omicron does not act alone. It is largely reinforced by its BA.5 sub-lineage, which has become the majority (if not omnipresent) in the territory, since it now exceeds 72%, as Public Health France reminded us in all its last points) . Each new strain of Covid-19 seems, in fact, to obey its own rules, plunging the French into uncertainty. Thus, in an article, France Info recalls some practical advice for the summer holidays. In case of symptoms or cohabitation with a positive person, it is advisable to get tested immediately. Be careful, however, because, due to the incubation time, you should not immediately get tested when you are in contact. Finally, compliance with barrier gestures and vaccination reminders reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
What is the incubation period for Covid?
This was the big question at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic: what is the incubation time for Covid? In other words, what is the time between contamination and the appearance of symptoms? If the contagious phase of a patient positive for Covid-19 was initially 8 days on average, and began two days before the onset of symptoms, the appearance of the Omicron variant reduced this duration. With the Omicron variant, “replication is faster, as already confirmed in January 2022 in Les Echos by Pr Alain Fisher, the “Monsieur vaccine” at the head of the Vaccine Strategy Council for France: “Everything is getting shorter, including including the symptomatic phase – or asymptomatic but contagious”. According to cross-checked data from the majority of epidemiologists, it takes approximately three days between contamination and the appearance of symptoms linked to the Omicron variant and its BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants.
How long should I stay in isolation if I am infected with Covid?
Since the appearance of Covid-19, given its contagiousness, it is very strongly recommended to isolate yourself if a screening turns out to be positive. However, the durations vary according to the profiles of the infected people, as explained by the Health Insurance. Duration which begins from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the taking of the positive test:
- Child under 12: 7 days
- Person with a complete vaccination schedule (3 doses or 2 doses and 1 infection): 7 days
- Person not vaccinated or with an incomplete vaccination schedule: 10 days
If, during the period of isolation, work cannot be continued remotely or if the symptoms are too severe to be able to telework, it is possible to obtain a work stoppage from health insurance, directly online. The terms and conditions are to be discovered in our dedicated article below.
To be certain of being able to get out of his period of isolation without taking the risk of contaminating anyone around him, Health Insurance asks to carry out a PCR or antigen test. It must be checked that it is negative after five days for fully vaccinated people, against seven days for those not or partially vaccinated. Moreover, the absence of clinical signs of infection may be sufficient to exit isolation.