January 16, 2022

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Reduced isolation duration for children 12 and younger

Reduced isolation duration for children 12 and younger

On the same day as Dr Horacio Arruda, the former national director of public health in Quebec, resigned, he authorized amendments to case management policies and contacts of young people attending schools and daycare services on Monday. In Quebec.

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The new measures, implemented in response to the Omicron variant, will reduce their isolation time whether or not young people under 12 years of age are vaccinated, given that the majority of the population is vaccinated.

Therefore, all children under the age of 12 with COVID symptoms must be self-isolated for five days.

A rapid self-examination should be taken five days before returning to class or daycare.

If the test is positive, the baby should be in isolation for five days.

For students in special classes, self-examination is requested on the 5th day, “if possible”, referring to the document obtained by TVA Novelles.

Depending on the availability of tests, two negative self-tests may end the required five days before the isolation period with an interval of 24 and 36 hours, allowing operations to be resumed.

Listen to an interview with Benoit Barbeau, virologist and professor of biological sciences at UQAM:


Staff at vaccinated schools, daycares and even teachers are required to observe a five-day isolation if they have Kovid symptoms.

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It is possible to return to work if they notice a decrease in symptoms and a 24-hour fever-free period.

They must wear an intervention mask continuously, respecting a distance of 2 meters “if possible” within five days of returning to work.

Non-vaccinated schools, daycare services and teaching staff should be kept in isolation for 10 days.

Home contacts over the age of 12 should isolate themselves as children, i.e. five days under the same circumstances.

Children under 12 years of age with no symptoms should be self-isolated for five days. They will need to take a quick test to get back to their activities.