BC quietly withdraws isolation requirement if COVID-19 test positive
BC's Chief Medical Officer of Health Bonnie Henry addressed the issue at a a press briefing on respiratory viruses on Wednesday, without clearly announcing that those who tested positive for COVID-19 were no longer required to self-isolate at all.
British Columbians are no longer required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. The British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) updated its guidelines for mandatory isolation on Thursday, without the government making an official announcement.
Until then, it was mandatory in the province that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 self-isolate for five days, and until their symptoms improve, or they feel well enough to take part in their usual daily activities, if they test positive.
As of Thursday, these guidelines are no longer mandatory, but recommended, according to the BCCDC. It is important that those who have symptoms of COVID-19 stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus, until their symptoms improve, can we read.
No press release was issued about it, nor did provincial health authorities make a targeted announcement.
Wednesday, during a briefing press release on respiratory viruses, Dr. Bonnie Henry, on the other hand, said that it was no longer possible to differentiate the symptoms of COVID-19 from other viruses, while Canada is plunged into a flu epidemic.
One of the things we had in place for a long time was that if you have COVID-19, you have to stay home for five days. It is no longer necessary in these circumstances, she explained.
If you have symptoms of respiratory viruses, it is recommended that you stay at home and limit your close contact with others until you no longer have a fever or feel well enough to take part in your usual daily activities, she added.
It's hard to tell them apart and it doesn't really have any impact in terms of risk for others, but we have to be careful.
Health authorities have said they are closely monitoring the rise in respiratory infections in the province and the situation in Ontario, which could serve as an indicator of the trend in British Columbia.
Public Health, however, is not currently considering changing the rules on wearing masks in public places in the province.