Test, trace, isolate, support - and test the isolated

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I understand the proposed Test, Trace, Isolate, Support will include 14 day isolation for the traced person who has been in contact with someone who tests positive. I appreciate the strategy is still being fine tuned. However, I believe the strategy should include two key additional aspects: A. Definition of how long a period after the contact occurs when the requirement for the isolation of the traced person would not be invoked. I'm assuming here there is something about the incubation period and transmissibility of the virus that would make it pointless to enforce a 14 day isolation on the traced person if they have not been traced within a certain time after the contact. B. Testing of the traced person. In other words, if a test can tell us a traced person is not positive, the traced person should be tested at the earliest appropriate time and if they are not "positive" they should not have to isolate for 14 days or they should be released earlier than the 14 days if the isolation has already been initiated. So the slogan should read, Test, Trace, Test - Isolate or Clearance, Support. The above assumes my understanding of the efficacy of testing and the disease transmission is correct.

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To minimize unnecessary disruption of our society and economy and to encourage compliance with Covid rules, because they are reasonable and proportionate.

by davidwright on May 06, 2020 at 02:01PM

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