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dated: 2022-11-20 02:08:29 .
The BC Center for Disease Control says self-isolation is “no longer necessary” for people with COVID-19, although people with symptoms should stay home as much as possible.
The updated guidelines were posted on the BCCDC website on Thursday. It reads:
“From November 17, 2022, people with COVID-19 will no longer have to self-isolate. However, it is still important that people with symptoms stay at home as much as possible to reduce the potential spread of the disease until your symptoms have improved and you can resume your normal activities.”
Although the change is noticeable, it is not a major departure from the center’s previous guidelines on self-isolation.
Archived versions of the BCCDC website show that prior to the recent changes, self-isolation was required for those who tested positive for COVID-19, with specific timeframes dependent on vaccination status.
However, these guidelines apply to a limited number of people because the vast majority of people in the province are not eligible for a laboratory PCR test.
For those who did not qualify for the lab test, previous BCCDC guidelines did not specify that a specific period of isolation was required.
“If you have not been recommended for testing but have symptoms of COVID-19, there is no specific time period for self-isolation,” the archived version of the guidelines says.
“Instead, you should self-isolate until your symptoms improve, you no longer have a fever, and you feel well enough to return to your normal activities.”
New, updated guidance on the BCCDC website encourages all British Columbians who have symptoms of COVID-19 – regardless of testing or vaccination status – to treat the illness as they would any other respiratory illness.
“Think about how you deal with other illnesses you don’t get tested for, like the common cold and flu,” it says. “Stay home if you are unwell and resume normal activities when you feel you can cope. If you have a fever, you should stay home until it goes away without medication.”
BC is currently experiencing an increase in doctor visits and hospitalizations — especially among children — for respiratory illnesses, including influenza, RSV and the common cold virus.
On Wednesday, the province’s health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that COVID-19 is still circulating, but that’s not the reason for the recent spike.
“It’s not at the root of most of the respiratory diseases we see right now,” she said.
As of Thursday, there were 328 patients in BC hospitals who tested positive for COVID-19.
BCCDC says self-isolation is ‘no longer necessary’ for people with COVID-19.
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