The new quarantine regulation passed the Bundestag last night, followed by the Bundesrat today.But what is behind the new Omicron rule: new chaos or simplification? BILD says: The new one coronaregulation fits on a beer coaster – abbreviation, exceptions, free tests, students! Important: Quarantine applies to contact persons, isolation for infected people. ► Shortening: Quarantine and isolation only 10 days instead of 14.
► Exception: No quarantine for those who have been boosted – also for those who have been vaccinated twice and those who have recovered (both valid for three months).► Free testing: After 7 days by PCR or rapid test (employees in care, among other things, must be symptom-free for 48 hours).► Students: End of quarantine after five days due to negative PCR test. The new rules will be implemented by the federal states. The shorter quarantine and isolation are intended to keep important supply areas running. The federal and state governments agreed on the new regulations last week at the Corona summit.
“We see that critically”
The doctor Susanne Johna has expressed skepticism about the forthcoming relaxation of the quarantine rules for those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated. In the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”, the chairwoman of the Marburger Bund doctors’ association criticized the fact that there should no longer be an obligation to isolate these groups, even if they are very close contacts. “We take a critical view of this because we fear that infections will then be passed on,” said Johna.Other experts had previously sharply criticized the fact that, under the new rules, infected people can not only test themselves with a PCR test, but also with the rapid test after seven days.
► “As long as it is unclear which rapid tests reliably detect the omicron variant, it is problematic to use rapid tests as an alternative to PCR tests when testing infected people,” said Ute, Chair of the Federal Association of Physicians in the Public Health Service Teichert, the Funke media group. “If the PCR tests become scarce, as expected, we are heading for a difficult situation.”
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