In almost two years of a pandemic, we don’t seem to find a way out. The vaccine seems to be our only chance, and with them come rewards.
England and Northern Ireland have relaxed for a bit, and fully vaccinated people don’t have to self-isolate if they get in direct contact with people with COVID-19, according to the new guidance.
These people are still advised to get a PCR test – but they don’t need to isolate while waiting for the results. But they need to remember that, even if they are fully vaccinated, they can still catch the virus and infect others. It might be a good idea to stay away from vulnerable people and wear a mask.
But if they do test positive, they will need to self-isolate for two weeks until they are no longer contagious.
What happens to families in the same household?
People fully vaccinated and those below 18 years old won’t need to self-isolate, even if they live with a person that’s been tested positive.
But the same goes as usual. If they test positive, they need to self-isolate. It is also advisable for them to wear a face mask until they get their results back.
What’s the biggest concern here?
Prof Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews, stated: “The problem is that if you now make it a choice for people as to whether to take a test, and therefore have to self-isolate if you’re positive, people aren’t going to take that test if they can’t afford to be positive. So we need to give people more support so they can self-isolate.”
We should keep in mind that the danger is still here. At the moment of writing this article, there are 25.000 daily cases. The Delta variant is very dangerous, and we should be cautious.