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If you have symptoms and are isolating from your family as much as poss within the household how long are you isolating for??

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DandelionsDandelions Thu 09-Apr-20 14:23:02

I'm sorry to hear your DS has symptoms, and that your DD has a CHD. It must be a very worrying time for you.

I would like to know the thinking behind the WHO recommendation. There have been studies where people have tested positive by PCR swabs weeks after recovering, suggesting they are still shedding virus. However these studies also state they are limited, because a positive PCR does not necessarily mean the viral RNA found are viable to cause infection. There has only been one study afaik which actually tried to grow live viable virus from 9 people and no viable infectable virus could be grown after the 9th day from symptoms beginning. That's only 9 people though. I'm sure the WHO know what they are talking about though, maybe they are being extremely cautious in their recommendations, or they know stuff that hasn't been published yet.

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NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Thu 09-Apr-20 14:10:06

I am interested too, my ds is day 10, his temp has gone but he has developed a sore throat and according to 111 online he is okay after day 7 if no temp, but not sure if sore throat means he is not okay to mix with us, especially worried as dd has a CHD.

DandelionsDandelions Thu 09-Apr-20 13:41:55

*possible symptoms. Not been tested

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DandelionsDandelions Thu 09-Apr-20 13:40:47

Just that really.

Our UK guidelines don't say much about isolating within your household, unless you have a vulnerable person living with you. Also, our guidelines state 7 days/14 days from the beginning of symptoms.

The WHO are stating this though -

Caring for infected people at home may put others in the same household at risk, so it’s critical that care-givers follow WHO’s guidance on how to provide care as safely as possible.

For example, both the patient and their care-giver should wear a medical mask when they are together in the same room.

The patient should sleep in a separate bedroom to others and use a different bathroom.

Assign one person to care for the patient, ideally someone who is in good health and has no underlying conditions.

The care-giver should wash their hands after any contact with the patient or their immediate environment.

People infected with COVID-19 can still infect others after they stop feeling sick, so these measures should continue for at least two weeks after symptoms disappear.

I have been having symptoms since 23 March.

How long are you isolating/trying to stay away from household members for??

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