COVID-19 patients are no longer infectious after 11 days of becoming ill, according to a new Singapore study.
The research could have implications for the discharge policy of coronavirus sufferers worldwide.
Thus, the quarantine time could be reduced from 14 to 11 days.
Patients with COVID-19 are no longer infectious after 11 days of getting sick, according to a new study conducted by the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians of the Singapore Academy of Medicine.
Although some patients may continue to test positive, the result of the test is not equivalent to the ability of the infected person to have or not.
This is highlighted by the study that analyzed 73 cases of patients with COVID-19 in the Asian country collected by Bloomberg.
According to experts, this is because the test detects parts of the virus genome. However, it cannot demonstrate whether they are only fragments or if an intact virus is no longer viable and cannot infect anyone.
Recent findings may have implications for patient discharge policy in Singapore and in the rest of the world.
And, currently, the discharge criteria in the Asian country is based on negative test results rather than on the ability to infect other people.
In this sense, in Singapore patients are discharged after 2 tests are negative.
So, according to the established research, the coronavirus quarantine time could be reduced to 11 days instead of 14 days.
So far, 13,882 COVID-19 patients — out of a total of 31,068 infections — have been discharged from hospitals or community facilities in Singapore. This equates to approximately 45% of all cases.
According to Dr. Asok Kurup of the Singapore Academy of Medicine, there is no need to wait for more data since, we must help to decongest hospitals.
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